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Paedodontics (Children’s Dentistry)

Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that specializes in the care and treatment of children’s teeth. Also called pediatric dentistry, it treats patients from birth to adolescence.

The success of pediatric dentistry lies in early oral examinations, which can lead to early detection of dental problems, thereby preventing serious and permanent damage to children’s teeth.

Patients who should receive pediatric dental care include all young children, including infants, toddlers, and adolescents. Treatment varies depending on the patient’s age.

During the course of pediatric dental care, dentists may need to perform several steps, including:

  • Stuffing
  • Extract
  • Crown
  • Root canal
  • Dental x-ray

Regular Check-ups

There are several reasons why you should take your child to the dentist regularly. Everyone, especially children, is prone to cavities.

Good oral hygiene combined with regular dental visits can help identify problems early and prevent them from getting worse.

It can also reduce the risk of developing tooth decay and eliminate tooth decay. Dental problems can be treated if the dentist can identify the problem early.

As mentioned earlier, baby teeth are the foundation for our permanent teeth. This ensures that the distance and position are appropriate.

Neglecting your child’s oral health can lead to teeth alignment problems as there is not enough space for the permanent teeth to grow and adjust.

Educating children about the importance of good oral hygiene should begin at an early age. We recommend taking your child to your local dentist from the age of 2.

Children’s Preventative Care

Tooth decay is not just a problem for elementary school students. ECC begins at 6 months of age and can cause significant pain in children. In fact, dental problems in children are so common that the American Dental Association (ADA) has designated February as National Children’s Dental Health Month.

Basically, there are three types of preventive dentistry:

Fluoride Treatment:

Even if you are already using fluoridated toothpaste on your child, it may not be enough to protect your child’s teeth. Teeth lose some of their enamel every day.

A tooth sealant is a thin coating of plastic that is applied to the chewing surfaces of your teeth (usually the back teeth (premolars and molars)) to prevent tooth decay.

Regular professional inspection and cleaning:
Babies and toddlers have only a few teeth and may not need regular dental check-ups and cleanings, but scheduling and maintaining your child’s dental appointments can help maintain optimal oral health.

Bone Grafting

Let us help you teach your child how to take care of their smile.

Educating children early on about the importance of dental care helps them develop good oral hygiene habits throughout their lives.

Behaviors learned in childhood (such as brushing teeth, flossing, dieting, regular dental visits, etc.) can help maintain healthy teeth in adulthood. It may also reduce the number of visits to the dentist over the course of a person’s life, reducing the cost of dental care.

Fissure Sealants

Crack sealants are a safe and effective additional treatment often offered to children to prevent tooth decay. Fisher sealant is a protective layer of resin that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars).

Fissures are grooves that appear on the chewing surfaces of molars. Sometimes these cracks are too deep and difficult to clean with a toothbrush. This allows food, plaque, and bacteria to become trapped in the cracks, which can lead to tooth decay.

Fisher sealant is made of tooth-colored resin that flows into deep crevices and fills them. The seal acts as a barrier against bacteria and food particles, making the tooth surface smoother and easier to clean.

Sealant application requires no drilling or local anesthesia, and multiple sealants can be applied in a single session.

Smile Development and Early Intervention

Regular preventive check-ups from early childhood can assess the development of teeth during the growth process. Our dentists closely monitor the growth and development of your child’s smile, bite, and facial contours to identify and address developmental issues early.

This may include problems such as tongue knots, crossbites, and crowded or missing teeth. Early intervention may lead to less invasive procedures when the child is older. Our services include laser surgery, orthodontics (braces), and orthopedics (functional appliances).

Misaligned teeth do not go beyond beauty. A misaligned bite makes it difficult to clean the teeth (causes tooth decay), makes it difficult to chew some foods, causes abnormal wear on the tooth surfaces, and impairs speech development. This can lead to breathing problems, muscle tension, and soreness.

Children’s Orthodontics and Orthopedics

Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses on diagnosing, preventing, and treating problems related to misaligned teeth and jaws.

The technical term for these problems is malocclusion, which literally means “bad bite.”

Our children’s orthodontic services include early intervention orthopedics, functional appliances, and traditional braces. When malocclusion is left untreated, it can lead to:

  • Tooth decay and poor oral hygiene
  • Abnormal wear of tooth surfaces
  • Chipped, fractured, or broken teeth
  • Excessive stress on gum tissue
  • Discomfort
  • Inefficient chewing and problems with digestion
  • Clenching and grinding
  • Chronic headaches

Lingual (tongue tie) and Labial Frenectomies

There are many reasons why you or your child may need a frenumectomy. Your doctor may recommend this procedure to correct a frenulum that causes:

  • A lip tie that restricts lip movement.
  • The tongue strap restricts free tongue movement.
  • Gum disease (gaps between teeth).
  • Some people find it unpleasant to look at.
  • It can lead to gum recession, gingivitis, tooth decay, and mobility.
  • Pain, swelling, or sensitivity when brushing your teeth or cleaning your mouth.

Glossary frenurectomy:

This procedure removes or alters the band of tissue that connects the underside of the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. A lingual frenurectomy is used to correct the ligaments of the tongue.

Labial frenurectomy:

It is also called maxillary frenurectomy, this procedure removes the band of tissue that connects the upper gums to the front teeth. A labialectomy of the lips is used to correct lip knots. The labial frenulum can also be done on the lower lip, but the upper labial frenulum is more common.

Preventing Dental Anxiety

In general, being open and honest with children about treating dental anxiety is a good idea. It’s natural to fear the unknown.

What triggers your child’s fear?

  • Negative past experiences.
  • Fear of embarrassment.
  • Fear of needles and injections.
  • Fear of anesthesia.
  • Fear of pain.
  • Fear of panic and loss of control.

How can I make my child feel safe going to the dentist?

  • Bring a distraction (mobile phone or tablet) during your dentist appointment.
  • Ask them to bring something they feel comfortable with (stuffed toy, blanket, fidget spinner, etc.).
  • Practice relaxation techniques such as B.
  • Practice deep breathing.
  • Offer positive reinforcement with a tangible reward (ice cream after the visit).
  • Be there and let your child know that you are always with them.
  • Play a game together where you can answer questions using your fingers.
  • If they like music, bring headphones so they can listen to music on their phone during the exam.
  • You can calm him down by speaking to him in a calm, soothing voice.
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