At Smile Care we believe that preventive dentistry and good dental hygiene habits can go a long way in keeping children’s teeth healthy for the rest of their lives. We emphasize on starting dental check –ups for toddlers, keeping regular visits a must and detecting dental problems early so as to minimize the intervention required. Our experts make the dental experience for children friendly and pain free.
During regular visits Experts at Smile Care monitor and assess the growth pattern of the child’s jaw and teeth and suggest interceptive orthodontics wherever necessary.
Sealants are resins or plastic materials which are usually applied on to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth i.e. molars and premolars. These materials flow into the natural grooves and pits, and seal them, thus protecting these susceptible areas from decay.
Professional fluoride applications at regular intervals helps strengthen tooth enamel against cavities.
Treatment of dental decay
Fillings: Decay can be caused due to a multitude of reasons such as improper maintenance, tooth position, diet habits etc. Once decayed the tooth can be treated using a suitable filling material to replace the lost portion of the tooth. If the tooth has extensive damage, a root canal treatment and/or a crown may be advised. Sometimes if the tooth is not salvageable an extraction may be advised.
Root Canal Treatment: If the tooth has extensive damage, a root canal treatment and/or a crown may be advised. This will help eradicate the deep infection of the tooth and help save the tooth to perform all its functions.
Extraction: Sometimes if the tooth is not salvageable and is damaged beyond repair, an extraction may be advised. The extractions are done under anaesthesia and we pride ourselves in expert pain control and virtually painless extractions making it a comfortable experience for children.
These are devices used to maintain the space of a prematurely lost or extracted primary tooth until its permanent tooth is ready for eruption in its place.
Injuries to teeth
Injuries or trauma to teeth, mouth and face of infants and children occur frequently and should not be ignored even in the absence of pain or bleeding. Early observation and treatment of such injuries determines the success of treatment rendered to a great extent.
Special Needs of Special Children
Special children are very susceptible to dental decay, trauma and gum disease due to a multitude of reasons such as their diet, limited motor abilities, medications, challenges posed for regular hygiene maintenance, etc. Prevention of these problems is possible, if the parents and the dentist can work as a team.
Frequently Asked Questions
When children start teething they get irritable and may experience signs like drooling, restlessness, loss of appetite etc. If your child shows such sign, they need to be assessed by your doctor. Use cold or frozen rubber teething ring to comfort your child as they try to chew anything during teething.
Toothpaste is a foaming agent, help to clean all the plaque and food remnants. Dentist recommends fluoridated toothpaste to use cleaning your kid's teeth also for the family. Some medicated toothpaste used on the advice of your dentist only.
Brushing and flossing mean maintaining oral hygiene and it can only be achieved by proper and methodical brushing of teeth. Proper brushing technique cleans away the plaque, food accumulation and keeps the breath fresh if done at least twice a day. Use fluoridated toothpaste which makes the enamel more resistant to bacterial attack responsible for decay. Use a soft bristle toothbrush with an angle of 45 degrees in a circular motion starting from back teeth to the front followed by inner part of the teeth. Also, don't forget to replace your toothbrush for every 3-4 months as soon as the bristles are frayed or for best results.
Off course, clean the baby’s mouth and gums and tongue with a wet clean cloth also feed them water after every meal to assure their mouth is free of any food remnants.