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Ask the Experts
Childhood has always been identified as an imperative period in anyone’s 'dental life'. It is the time to build on the habits of oral hygiene, benefits of which a person usually feels at the later stage of life. We at Dr. Ajwani’s™ understand that managing children on the dental chair is a specialized task which involves scientifically proven techniques and therefore have a panel of Pedodontists (Dentists who specialize in treating children) to ensure that children receive the dental care they need.
Our child-friendly practice, combined with welcoming atmosphere and affectionate staff ensures that all youngsters actually have fun when they come to our office. Sometimes we meet anxious children who do not know what to expect when they come to see us and our Pedodontists go an extra mile to make them feel at ease. This is done through special behaviour management techniques which involve motivating the child and eliminating unreasonable fear of the dentist’s chair.
It is rightly stated that “Prevention is better than cure” and proper care of your child’s teeth from a very early age will help them to have healthy gums and teeth. It is very important to take good care of your child’s teeth. Parents have to inculcate good oral care habits (brushing and flossing twice a day) in children to prevent tooth decay. Early dental checkups for kids will ensure their mouths to be healthier and cavity free.
- Baby Teeth Are Important
- To Chew Food
- To Guide Adult Teeth in Place
- To Shape Their Face
- To Speak Clearly
- Few habits in Children which can affect alignment of teeth
- Thumb sucking
- Finger biting
- Nail biting
- Lip biting
- Tongue thrusting
- Mouth breathing
These habits can be broken in childhood using habit breaking appliances.
PIT & FISSURE SEALANTS
Chewing teeth have grooves on the surface like mountains and valleys. These groves are the hiding and dwelling places for oral bacteria causing decay since bristles of a brush do not reach to clean that area.
Hence these areas start developing pits and fissures gradually leading to caries.
To prevent this dental sealants are applied on the surface of the tooth which covers the grooves and protects it from acid attacks and plaque. Ideal age to put a sealant is 6 years.
Fluoride is a mineral which helps to prevent tooth decay in children. Fluoride strengthens teeth by aiding the mineralization on teeth. It prevents the formation of acid causing bacteria.
Fluoride treatment may be in the form of a solution gel, foam or varnish. Typically it is applied with a cotton swab or brush or placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes.