In the same way that paediatricians are trained to meet a child’s medical needs, paediatric dentists are uniquely qualified to protect your child’s oral health. Paediatric dentists are specialists dealing with the developmental and behavioural aspects of children, and know how to make them feel comfortable, and make the experience pleasant. Also, they are trained and qualified to treat special needs patients. Our office is designed and fabricated drenched with opulence exclusively for treating infants, young children and teens using the most advanced techniques.
Examinations and Cleaning:
In order to prevent cavities and other dental problems a check-up is recommended every six months. Your paediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your children should visit based on their personal oral health.
Cosmetic Dentistry for Children:
Children smile when they are proud of their teeth. At school and at play, they feel more confident. Ask your paediatric dentist about aesthetic dentistry to restore or enhance your child’s smile. Some of the procedures available treat chipped or broken teeth, discoloured teeth, misshapen teeth and tooth colored fillings.
Your paediatric dentist may prescribe Fluoride supplements if your child is not getting enough through drinking water. If your child primarily drinks bottled water without fluoride this may be necessary.
Fluoride varnishes that can be painted on the teeth are now available. Fluoride varnishes contain high concentrations of fluoride (up to 22,600 ppm) suspended in a viscous delivery medium. They can be applied to the teeth of high-risk children by trained personnel in various settings, including the medical office. Fluoride varnishes, unlike foams, rinses, and gels, do not require trays or oral suction equipment.
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Brushing Tips for Children:
Use a tiny smear of toothpaste for babies and a pea-sized amount for children.
Gradually start brushing your child’s teeth more thoroughly, covering all the surfaces of the teeth. Do it twice a day: just before bed, and at another time that fits in with your routine.
Not all children like having their teeth brushed, so you may have to keep trying. Don’t let it turn into a battle. Instead, make it into a game, or brush your own teeth at the same time and then help your child finish their own.
The easiest way to brush a baby’s teeth is to sit them on your knee with their head resting against your chest. With an older child, stand behind them and tilt their head upwards.
Brush the teeth in small circles covering all the surfaces and let your child spit the toothpaste out afterwards. Rinsing with water has been found to reduce the benefit of fluoride.
You can also clean your baby’s teeth by wrapping a piece of damp gauze with a tiny amount of fluoride toothpaste on it over your finger and rubbing this over their teeth.
Carry on helping your child brush their teeth until you’re sure that they can do it well enough themselves. This will normally be until they’re at least seven.
Prevent Tooth Decay by Cutting Down On Sugar:
Sugar causes tooth decay. Children who eat sweets every day have nearly twice as much decay as children who eat sweets less often.
This is caused not only by the amount of sugar in sweet food and drinks, but by how often the teeth are in contact with the sugar. This means sweet drinks in a bottle or feeder cup and lollipops are particularly damaging because they bathe the teeth in sugar for long periods of time. Acidic drinks such as fruit juice and squash can harm teeth, too. This is why it’s better to give them at mealtimes, not in between.
The following measures will help you reduce the amount of sugar in your child’s diet and prevent tooth decay:
- From the time your baby is weaned, encourage them to eat savoury food. Check if there’s sugar in pre-prepared baby foods (including the savoury ones), rusks and baby drinks, especially fizzy drinks, squash and syrups.
- Only give sweet foods and fruit juice at mealtimes.
- Don’t give biscuits or sweets as treats. Ask relatives and friends to do the same. Use items such as stickers, badges, hair slides, crayons, small books, notebooks, colouring books, soap and bubble baths. They may be more expensive than sweets but they last longer.
If children are having sweets or chocolate, it’s less harmful for their teeth if they eat the sweets all at once and at the end of a meal rather than eating them little by little and/or between meals.
- At bedtime or during the night, give your baby milk or water rather than baby juices or sugar-sweetened drinks.
- If your child needs medicine, ask your pharmacist or GP if there’s a sugar-free option.
- Don’t give drinks containing artificial sweeteners, such as saccharin or aspartame. If you do, dilute them with at least 10 parts water to one part concentrate.
Sucrose, glucose, dextrose, maltose, fructose and hydrolysed starch are all sugars. Invert sugar or syrup, honey, raw sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, avocado and concentrated fruit juices are all sugars. Maltodextrin is not a sugar, but can still cause tooth decay.