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WHY ARE BABY’S TEETH / MILK TEETH IMPORTANT? AFTER ALL THEY ARE GOING TO FALL AND A NEW SET OF TEETH WILL COME.

Q : WHAT IS THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO CARE FOR BABY’S TEETH?

WHAT ARE DENTAL CAVITIES?

WHAT IS PLAQUE AND TARTAR?

HOW ARE CAVITIES FORMED?

WHY SOME DENTAL CAVITIES ARE DO NOT CAUSE PAIN IN THE INITIAL STAGES?

WHICH IS THE BEST TIME FOR DOING A FILLING?

WHAT KIND OF DENTAL FILLINGS CAN BE DONE IN THESE CAVITIES?

DO CHOCOLATES CAUSE DENTAL CAVITIES?

HOW CAN THIS BE CONTROLLED?

WHAT IS A CHILDHOOD WITHOUT CHOCOLATES?

CHILDREN WOULD STILL INSIST ON EATING SWEETS.

Q. MY CHILD HAS BEEN  ADVISED A ROOT CANAL (RCT)  FOR HIS MILK TOOTH. IS IT WORTH SPENDING TIME AND MONEY ON A MILK TOOTH AS IT IS ANYWAYS GOING TO GO AWAY (SHED)?                                            

MY KID IS HIGHLY APPREHENSIVE ABOUT THE THOUGHT OF VISITING A DENTIST. WHAT DO WE DO?

MY KID HAS GOT MULTIPLE TEETH PROBLEMS. BUT HE IS JUST NOT READY FOR ANY DENTAL TREATMENT.WHAT DO WE DO?

Q : WHAT IS THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO CARE FOR BABY’S TEETH?

Q : WHAT IS BABY BOTTLE (NURSING BOTTLE CARIES) TOOTH DECAY?

Q : MY DAUGHTER HAS A HABIT OF THUMB SUCKING, WHAT DO I DO ABOUT IT?

HOW DO DENTAL SEALANTS WORK?

MY CHILD HAS THE HABIT OF GRINDING THE TEETH AT NIGHT. WHAT DO WE DO ?

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD FALLS AND KNOCKS OUT A PERMANENT TOOTH?

HOW MANY TIMES A DAY SHOULD WE BRUSH THE TEETH?

Q. HOW OFTEN MUST WE CHANGE THE BRUSH?

Q. WHAT ARE OTHER WAYS TO PREVENT DENTAL CAVITIES / DECAY ?

IS THERE ANY PREVENTIVE MEASURE FOR AVOIDING THE NEED FOR DENTAL INFECTION / DISEASES IN THEIR TEETH?

Q.MY KID REFUSES TO BRUSH HIS TEETH. WHAT DO WE DO?

WHEN SHOULD I START TAKING MY CHILD TO THE DENTIST FOR REGULAR CHECK UP?

WHAT TO DO IF THE MILK TEETH DO NOT SHED AND THE PERMANENT TOOTH STARTS ERUPTING IN AN ODD / awkward direction ?

Why are baby’s teeth / milk teeth important? After all they are going to fall and a new set of teeth will come.

It is very  important to get rid of dental infection from any tooth (milk or permanent) otherwise it may spread to other milk teeth and most importantly it may grow downwards and damage the permanent successor tooth in the region.

  • The front teeth start falling at the age of six years.

  • The grinders fall at about the age of twelve.

  • Milk teeth help children speak clearly and eat naturally

  • They also help in forming the correct path for permanent tooth to erupt

  • If a milk tooth is extracted before the permanent one is ready to take its place then it causes problem. It leads to deficient growth of the jaws.

  • Sometimes the skin and bone close over the permanent tooth and this retards its eruption.

  • Milk teeth are as important as permanent teeth.

Q : WHAT IS THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY TO CARE FOR baby’s TEETH?

A.

  • A : daily cleaning of their child as soon as the first tooth erupts.

  • Use a washcloth or soft bristled brush dipped in  water  [upto two years of age]

  • After that use a pea size small amount of fluoride toothpaste on a soft brush

  • do not allow your child to swallow the toothpaste.

  • Children should brush at least twice a day (morning and night).

  • Parents should supervise their child's brushing for best results.

  • Nutrition is very important to developing teeth.

  • Make sure your child has a balanced diet

  • LIMIT THE FREQUENCY OF SUGAR BETWEEN MEALS AND AT NIGHT.[put rectangle around it]

  • Limiting the frequency of sugars at NIGHT will help prevent tooth decay by not allowing bacteria to make acids out of it and dissolve the tooth.

  • The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a preventive check-up with your specialist  dentist

  • every six months.

Q. What are dental cavities?

 

A. Cavities are infection of germs on the teeth. To put it in simple terms, they are holes / depressions on the teeth. Technically they are known as dental caries.

Q. What is plaque and tartar?

A. Plaque is a sticky white film that is continuously formed on a day to day basis on everybody’s teeth. It consists of food particles, bacteria etc. It is the main cause of all dental infectious diseases. If allowed to remain on teeth, it hardens to form tartar (calculus – solidified food debris) which cannot be removed by a normal toothbrush.

Q. How are cavities formed?

A. The sugar that we eat gets stuck on the valley like surface of teeth in the form of plaque. There it degenerates by the action of bacteria and in this process acids are released. They attack tooth enamel and dissolve it. After many such attacks the enamel completely breaks down and a

small cavity is formed. This acts as a focus for food accumulation and a vicious circle is formed. Ultimately it results in a full-fledged dental decay.

Q. Why some dental cavities are do not cause pain in the initial stages?

A. Enamel is a non-living tissue(no nerve endings present). It is the hardest substance in the human body. The tissue inside the enamel is dentin which contains the nerve endings. Therefore, in the initial stages dental caries cause no pain. When the caries involves dentin there is sensitivity to hot and cold foods.

As the caries proceed the sensitivity and pain  increases. Finally, when the caries reaches the nerve of the tooth, there is severe long lasting pain. If the infection spreads from the tooth into the surrounding bone then there is a swelling, along with pain.

Q.  Which is the best time for doing a filling?

The tooth can best be filled when the cavity is not very deep. If the caries is limited to the dentin then it can be filled. In case the cavity becomes very deep. i.e. if it involves the nerve (plup) of the tooth then it cannot be filled right away. Sometime, the cavity may not be very, deep, but in case it is very broad, then too it cannot be filled. In such cases it has to be capped after a root canal treatment if required.

What kind of dental fillings can be done in these cavities?

Tooth coloured fillings like composites resins and fluoride releasing cements are available options for filling the cavities. They are also available in fancy colours to woo kids.

Q. Do chocolates cause dental cavities?

A. Yes. Any foodstuff which contains a large amount of sugar can cause cavities. Sweets, chocolates, candies, biscuits etc. have a lot of sugar in them. Furthermore, they are very sticky and accumulate on the tooth surfaces. They therefore cause cavities.

Q. How can this be controlled?

A. As pointed out earlier, if sugars repeatedly get stuck on the tooth surface it leads to cavities, sugars must not be allowed to stick on the tooth surface.

Parents must not use sweets as an inducement for a child to have his dinner or do his homework or for proper behavior or to put a child to sleep. The most damage is caused by children sucking sweets during sleep.

Q. What is a childhood without chocolates?

Certainly childhood would not be eaten sweets. But they must be eaten sensibly and within limits. Sweets should be eaten for fun and not given as a bribe or as a reward. A child’s toothache is no fun for the parents either. Love can conquer everything except, possibly, a toothache.

Q. Children would still insist on eating sweets.

A .With proper care it is possible to eat sweets and free from dental proper too. After sweets are eaten,  parents must see to it that children eat some raw, fibrous fruits or vegetables e.g. carrots, cucumber, apples. These clean the teeth and prevent sugars from sticking on them. Sweets must be given before meals and not be consumed between meals. It must be remembered that it is the local action of sugars that causes the problem. Sugary foodstuffs must not be allowed to stick to the tooth surfaces.

Q. My child has been  advised a root canal (RCT)  for his milk tooth. Is it worth spending time and money on a milk tooth as it is anyways going to go away (shed)?                                                                   

A. It is very  important to get rid of dental infection from any tooth (milk or permanent) otherwise it may spread to other milk teeth and most importantly it may grow downwards and damage the permanent successor tooth in the region.

  • The front teeth start falling at the age of six years.

  • The grinders fall at about the age of twelve.

  • Milk teeth help children speak clearly and eat naturally

  • They also help in forming the correct path for permanent tooth to erupt

  • If a milk tooth is extracted before the permanent one is ready to take its place then it causes problem. It leads to deficient growth of the jaws.

  • Sometimes the skin and bone close over the permanent tooth and this retards its eruption.

  • Milk teeth are as important as permanent teeth.

My kid is highly apprehensive about the thought of visiting a dentist. What do we do?

It is very important for a child to visit a dental office / dental clinic from the age 1. They should accompany parents who undergo dental treatments in order to get familiarized with environment in a dental clinic and get friendly with their family dentist. If not done so, when they grow up to the age of 4 or 5 years, they become highly apprehensive about the thought of seeing a dentist and the paraphernalia like injections, drills, chair light etc…

We have a specialist dentist who’s area of work is just child dental treatments. So , it is now possible to carry out necessary treatments in  complex behavioral patients.

My kid has got multiple teeth problems. But he is just not ready for any dental treatment.What do we do?

In extreme behavioral problem patients, the specialist dentists may suggest carrying out the entire treatment of all the involved teeth under general anaesthesia with the supportive system and team work with an Anaesthetist and a physician in a special hospital.

Q : WHAT IS BABY BOTTLE (NURSING BOTTLE CARIES) TOOTH DECAY?

A : Baby bottle tooth decay (nursing bottle caries) is caused by prolonged contact with almost any liquid other than water. Putting your child in bed with a bottle of nutritional supplement formula, milk, juice, or any sweetened drinks will cause this condition. When liquid from a baby bottle builds up in the mouth, the sugars in the liquid mix with bacteria that produce acid that attack tooth enamel. If you must give your child a bottle in bed it should contain only water.

Q. HOW DO DENTAL SEALANTS WORK?

A. Sealants are clear protective plastic coatings(thin fillings)  applied to the chewing surface (pits and fissures) of the back teeth to help keep them cavity-free. The procedure

is painless and can be completed in one visit. Sealants should be applied to permanent molars as they erupt to prevent decay. Sealants that are properly applied and maintained help protect the chewing surfaces of your child's teeth. The Indian Dental Association recognizes that sealants play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay.

Q : My daughter has a habit of thumb sucking, what do I do about it?

A :  Thumb and pacifier sucking habits will generally only become a problem if they go on for a long period of time. Most children stop these habits on their own. However, specialist dentists at IVORIES DENTAL CLINIC & IMPLANT CENTER will be happy to discuss any concerns that you might have. There are treatment options if your older child needs assistance in ending his/her thumb sucking habit.

 

Q. MY CHILD HAS THE HABIT OF GRINDING THE TEETH AT NIGHT. WHAT DO WE DO ?

A. Parents are usually very concerned when their children grind their teeth in their sleep (bruxism). Most cases of pediatric bruxism do not require dental intervention. The habit shall fade away in the due course of time.

Q : WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY CHILD FALLS AND KNOCKS OUT A PERMANENT TOOTH?

A : The most important thing is to remain calm and find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root. Put the tooth in a GLASS OF MILK if available; otherwise keep the tooth moist in water. Immediately take your child and the tooth to the dentist. Time is critical in saving the tooth. Earlier the better. By means of RE-IMPLANTATION, the same tooth may be possible to be stabilized in the mouth by splinting.

Q. How many times a day should we brush the teeth?

A. You must brush your teeth after every meal ideally. Brushing at night is more important than in the morning. When we have food in late evening and we don’t brush before going to sleep then the bacteria have a full 8-10 hours to attack the enamel and cause cavities. Brushing before going to bed is a must.

Q. How often must we change the brush?

A. The brush must be changed as soon as its bristles become distorted in shape. Usually it WORKS FOR 3-4 MONTHS. A toothbrush with frayed bristles has reduced cleaning efficiency and it also acts as a source of germs. Some brushes come with a colour indicator too for the same purpose.

Q. What are other ways to prevent dental cavities / decay ?

A. Brushing has to be supplemented with dental flossing. With a wax thread like floss the inter-teeth area is cleaned very well. Fluoride mouthwashes are available. The child must rinse his mouth with such a mouthwash before retiring (after the age 7).

Q. Is there any preventive measure for avoiding  dental infection / diseases in their teeth?

 Fluorides strengthen the enamel  by making it resistant to acid attack.

A. Nowadays, topical fluoride applications are done. A fluoride solution is applied on the child’s teeth. This strengthens the enamel. It has to be done by a professional - dental surgeon only. It is done every six months till the age of 12 and is very helpful in reducing cavities.

Pit and fissure sealants are available. These seal small irregularities on the biting surface of the teeth, where most of the cavities begin. It prevents food and plaque accumulation and hence cavities. This can be done only by a dental surgeon.

Q.My kid refuses to brush his teeth. What do we do?

  1. In case the child is very small, the parents should brush the child’s teeth. In case the child does not allow the use of a brush then his teeth must be cleaned with a linen cloth / Turkish towel with a little toothpaste on it.
    It is best that the child brushes his teeth immediately after dinner before he settles down in front of the TV. Brushing must not be postponed till the child starts feeling sleepy. Any attempt to make a child brush his teeth when he is feeling sleepy are not very successful.

When should I start taking my child to the dentist for regular check up?

The initial routine check up should begin when the first tooth erupts or  no longer than the first birthday of the child.

What to do if the milk teeth do not shed and the permanent tooth starts erupting in an odd / awkward direction ?

Visit your dentist as for a detailed evaluation and xray examination . the milk tooth may be overretained and may have to removed for allowing the permanent one to erupt smoothly.



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