What to expect on your first visit?
The first visit should usually be after the 3rd birthday of the child. The very first session is very short and involves little to no treatment. You may be asked to hold your child on the dental chair, or you may also be asked to wait in the waiting room to enable a bonding between the child and the doctor.
Your child’s gums and teeth will be checked gently, and a few X- Rays might be taken. Cleaning procedures may be done, or we could use topical fluoride for protection against tooth decay. We will help you maintain the correct amount of fluoride for your child at home. Also, we will discuss the correct procedure for cleaning your child’s teeth.
How do I prepare my child?
On the first visit, the following procedure will be done:
- Examination of teeth, gums and the mouth.
- Fluoride requirement check.
- Cleanliness and maintenance lesson.
- Evaluation of thumb sucking and other adverse habits.
- Schedule a regular visit to the dentist.
Are there any prevention techniques?
The aspects of preventative care is the most important concern at our clinic. Latest technologies like the dental sealant, which is a modern plastic that protects the teeth from decay, are used. These are bonded to the surfaces of the teeth that are used for chewing over the molars. This is just one of the ways to prevent tooth decay.
Prevention of cavities:
Limitation of high sugar intake and brushing are the most fundamental preventative care for your child’s teeth. Longer chewing times often lead to cavities, so limiting your child’s chewing time will help a lot. When your child eats, there is an acid reaction which helps to break down the food. The effect lasts for about 20 minutes. This is the time when the acid starts breaking down the tooth enamel leading to cavities. Longer chewing time means more acid secretion and easy tooth corrosion.
High carbohydrate and fiber diet improve the thickness and consistency of saliva that make it easier to break food down and does not run the food down like thin saliva.
Baby teeth, start growing after 6-8 months of your baby being born. The 4 front teeth of the upper jaw follow and all the remaining teeth grow over a period. With time, they appear in pairs and keep erupting till the child is about 2.5 years old. 20 teeth should be present in your child’s mouth by the time he or she is 2 ½ years old. Permanent tooth growth starts at the age of 5 or 6 years. Some of the baby teeth will be replaced while the other won’t, but it should not concern you at all.
The period of the temporary teeth is very important as it keeps the place for the permanent ones and also help in chewing, speaking and appearance that make early and consistent hygiene extremely important.