Pediatric Dental Clinic - Global Dent Dental Hospital

PEDIATRIC DENTAL CLINIC & HOSPITAL

Most Comprehensive Pediatric dental practice

Our Pediatric Dentists work hard to make each dental visit fun and kid-oriented because we believe that dentistry for children need not be a scary experience

    DROOL YEARS

    Newborns and infants

  • keep baby's gums clean and healthy - massage gums with a damp washcloth after each feeding to keep gums and mouth clean and healthy.
  • Visit the Pediatric dentist early - your baby's first visit should happen by his / her first birthday.

    PRESCHOOL YEARS

    Toddlers and preschoolers

  • Toothbrushing is important - use a pea-sized amount of flouriated toothpaste and a soft child-sized toothbrush. Replace toothbrushes every 4 months.
  • Visit the Pediatric dentist regularly - your child should visit the pediatric dental clinic at least once a year for a checkup
  • Sucking can become a bad habit - wean your child off the bottle at around 12 to 18 months and encourage an end to thumb sucking and pacifier use before age 4. Otherwise consult your Pediatric dentist for habit breaking appliance.
  • Children need Flouride supplememts - flouride make teeth resistant to cavities. Talk to your Pediatric dentist to learn more.

    SCHOOL YEARS

    Elementary - aged children

  • A healthy school lunch is important - be sure to pack fruits / veggies and protein such as peanut butter, cheese, turkey or roast beef. Avoid juice, sports drinks or soda pop - water is best.
  • Protect teeth - kids who play sports should wear mouth guards. Consult your Pediatric dentist for custom fitted mouth guards.
  • Sealants are a great way to prevent cavities - ask your Pediatric dentist about them when you visit.
  • Get ready for the tooth fairy - kids usually lose their baby teeth between the age 0f 6 - 12
  • Stop the spread of germs - don't share tooth brushes, toothpaste, drinking glasses and wash hands before and after brushing.
  • Keep your dentist's phone number handy - dental emergencies are very common among active kids

Mom and Dad, start early.

* As soon as your baby is born, gently clean your baby's gums after each feedings with a soft, damp washcloth. Make this a part of your routine and help your little ones build a lifetime of good oral habits.

* Take your child to the Pediatric dentist as soon as you welcome your baby's first milk tooth or by his or her first birthday. This way, your child's dentist gets a better chance of preventing any dental problems.

* Morning appointments are best for your child's first visit. Coming from a good night's sleep, your child is more rested and much more cooperative in the morning. Also, morning appointments will not pose conflicts on your child' s mealtimes or naps.

* Children who enjoy their first trip to their Pediatric dentists (and their sunny, colorful rooms with fancy paintings on the walls) suggest a promising attitude towards their dental care, health and habits.

Is it necessary for my child to have dental x-rays taken?

X-rays will help determine whether your child's teeth and jaw are healthy and aligned. It is a safe procedure. It is recommended that a child gets his x-rays taken at an early age in order for his dentist to examine and devise ways to prevent future dental problems.

Does my child need sealants?

Dental sealants are coatings that are used to fill the crevices or pits on the chewing surfaces of teeth to avoid tooth damage. They prevent food particles from being stuck in your child's teeth. It is recommended that a child visits the dentist for his sealants as soon as his permanent teeth set in.

Is thumbsucking harmful for my child's teeth?

Thumbsucking is common among children. It is a natural urge for babies to soothe themselves whenever they feel hungry, restless or sleepy. It is best to put a stop to thumbsucking before the permanent teeth come in. This may not only trigger problems with proper chewing and swallowing, it may also cause may cause teeth to grow out of alignment (malocclusion) and position.

Are baby teeth really important to my child?

Primary or 'baby' teeth play a vital role in your child's over-all development. Healthy and well-aligned teeth are essential for proper nutrition, speech and consequently, self esteem. Without good teeth formation, he may have difficulty in forming words or speaking clearly. Baby teeth hold space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. Teeth next to a missing tooth may encroach into the space left by the missing tooth thereby resulting to permanent teeth forming in the wrong positions.

How do I clean my baby's teeth and gums?

Use a damp, clean washcloth or a soft toothbrush to clean your baby's gums after feedings. As soon as your child's teeth erupt, start brushing them twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste and an age-appropriate toothbrush. For children less than two years of age, a 'smear' of toothpaste is advised, while for children between two to five years of age, a 'pea-sized' amount of toothpaste is recommended. Flossing regularly will help clean areas that cannot be reached by a toothbrush. Encourage your child to brush and floss as soon as he has the ability to do it on his own.

How can I help my child avoid tooth decay?

Never put your child to sleep with a bottle. Avoid sugary foods and drinks and maintain a healthy diet for your child. Do not flavor his pacifiers with sweetened substances like honey or syrups. Brush his teeth twice daily and clean them after giving him medications that may contain high amounts of sugar.

Can my child get tooth decay from milk and other infant formula?

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD) or Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is attributed to prolonged duration of bottle feeding among children. Putting a child to sleep with a bottle of milk, juice or formula can lead to tooth decay. Giving your child sweetened liquids over a long period of time means protracted contact between the bacteria on the susceptible tooth surfaces and the sugars present in the feeds or liquids. This increases the risk for dental caries.

What is tooth decay?

Tooth decay, otherwise known as dental caries or cavities, is caused by the acids produced by the bacteria in the dental plaque. Plaque is a thin film of bacteria, saliva and food debris that naturally develops on the tooth surface. These bacteria found in the plaque use sugar to produce acids which attack and destroy teeth and tooth enamel.

What dental problems can my child have at such an early age?

A child's diet is a major factor concerning tooth decay. Teeth are at risk for decay as soon as the first tooth erupts. An early examination evaluates your child's risk of developing an oral disease using a caries risk assessment.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Your child should be scheduled for check-ups once every six months. However, your dentist may recommend more visits depending on your child's personal oral health.

At what age should I take my child for his first dental check-up?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that a child visits the dentist no later than his first birthday. A child should be examined by the dentist as soon as his first tooth erupts, usually between six to twelve months.

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