It involves preventive and interceptive dentistry for kids i.e. it’s the prevention of occurrence of dental abnormalities or the interception of dental abnormalities at initial stages of their occurrence. It involves the alignment of uneven teeth, delayed tooth eruption or exfoliations, cleft lip or palate, maintaining space for permanent teeth in cases of early exfoliation of deciduous teeth. It also involves habit breaking appliances in cases of
● Thumb sucking.
● Tongue Thrusting (placing tongue within teeth).
● Mouth Breathing.
● Lip Biting.
● Nail Biting.
We give habit breaking appliances at early stages according to the requirement of children, taking in consideration, the size of oral cavity and other oral tissues and helps in proper growth of bone and development of other oral tissues (which can occur only at early stage i.e. growing stage of life). It is comfortable in nature and helps child to easily adapt it.
Pedodontics or Pediatric Dentistry
Pedodontics or Pediatric Dentistry is a dental specialty that provides complete preventive and curative oral health care for infants and children till the age of 13 including those with special health care needs. Sujan Singh dental clinic offers the specialized dental treatment for your child and ensure that your child is getting the latest and best treatment to prevent, detect and treat all of your child’s dental/oral health needs from birth to 13 years of age.
Kids Dental services provided by our clinic:
• Regular oral health checks up
• Advice on proper cleaning and brushing of teeth and diet/nutrition
• Provide or recommend special preventive care for problems during teething
• Fluoride treatments and tooth sealants to prevent cavities
• Use of anesthetics to ensure pain free dentistry for the child.
• Repair tooth cavities and/or defects
• Provide Pulp treatment in children
• Provide crowns for front and back teeth if needed
• Extraction of teeth which are beyond repair
• Offer treatment for Oral habits (thumb sucking, lip biting and pacifier use)
• Provide management of gum diseases, ulcers and tonguetie
• Care for dental injuries (e.g. fractured or knockedout teeth)
• Treat children with special needs
When and how often to visit our Division of Pedodontics??
The first dental visit should occur approximately 6 months after your child’s first tooth erupts and no later than age 1.
Children should visit their dentist at least every 6 months.
What to expect during the first visit??
At the initial visit and after examining your child’s mouth and discussing any dental issues with you we can present information about
• Preventive home care, including information on brushing, diet and fluoride use;
• Risk of cavities in your children
• Early childhood caries
• Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
• Information on growth and development
Common Dental Problems in Children
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay- putting an infant to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle containing anything other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay.
Thumb Sucking, Tongue Thrusting and Lip Sucking- these habits exert pressure against the front teeth pushing them out of alignment
Early Tooth Loss- early loss of child’s teeth typically occurs from tooth decay, injury or lack of jaw space
Bad breath– daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the buildup of food particles, plaque and bacteria in your mouth.
Orthodontic problems or tooth misalignment– some causes of misalignment are missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or improper growth of jaws.
Dental care requirements for children
• Baby teeth cleaning : Baby teeth should be cleaned as soon as they erupt. Clean your baby’s teeth with a soft washcloth or gauze after every bottle or meal. When more than one tooth erupts, you can soak a small bristled child sized (age appropriate) toothbrush in warm water before using it on your baby’s teeth, as instructed by your dentist
• Brushing : Baby teeth should be brushed using a peasized amount of toothpaste preferably fluoridated. Encourage your children to brush their own teeth once they have the ability to do so
• Replace toothbrush : Replace toothbrushes every two to three months
Children’s teeth should be brushed after they are given medicine or sweetened liquids before sleeping. Acids contained in medicines and juices may damage tooth enamel causing decay
• Dental sealant application : Dental sealants are used to protect teeth from decay and are appropriate as soon as a tooth erupts. These are applied by dentists and take approximately 5 min for each tooth
• Fluoride treatments : Check with your dentist about the need for fluoride treatments. Fluoride is a major component in the prevention of childhood dental caries. A child can get fluoride in tooth pastes or by application by the dentist. However, children require the right balance of fluoride treatment.
• Dental flossing : Parent assisted dental flossing should commence when two teeth erupt next to each other. Independent flossing should occur when children have the ability to do it on their own (often by 6 years of age)
• Mouth washing : Mouth washing is usually recommended by age seven, provided your child can perform the activity
• Should Cavities in Baby Teeth Be Filled?? Baby teeth, also called milk teeth, can actually stick around for a long time. In fact, your child won’t have all of his or her permanent teeth until around age 12 or 13 (not including wisdom teeth). If you don’t fill cavities in your children’s baby teeth, infections can spread causing more tooth decay.
• Root canal treatment or pulpectomy in children: if tooth gets infected with deep cavities various pulp therapies like pulp capping, pulpotomy and pulpectomy can be done in a milk tooth so as to prevent its early loss and for the child to be pain free.
• Space maintainers- to prevent uneven spacing between baby teeth that are lost too early space maintainers can be given so as to maintain the space for the erupting permanent tooth
• Habit breaking appliances that help children stop thumb or finger sucking habits before developmental damage occurs.