What is children dentistry?
Developing healthy habits in your life requires you to start early and this can last for a lifetime. Children Dentistry describes a speciality that uses the latest technology and procedure to provide primary and comprehensive oral health care for children from infancy to the adolescence age. A pediatric dentist is an individual with the training and experience to caring for the dental needs of kids from birth to adolescence. A pediatric dentist is concerned with the overall health and hygiene of a child; so they are involved in the education, prevention and intervention of a child’s oral health need. Starting a good early dental experience is important in a child’s development because this will help to provide the necessary foundation to both good oral health and a healthy lifestyle. What kids eat, ranging from sugars to starchy foods affects their oral health. At A+ Star Smile Dental, we are committed to taking care of your child’s dental needs.
Routine visits and preventive care
We hold as our primary objective the need to help children achieve and maintain a good oral health through regular dental visit and also providing the required knowledge needed to prevent tooth decay. Most dental problems are preventable. By continually tracking the growth and development and also anticipating dental issues, we can intervene before they become worse.
Working with parents and children, we arrange eating and oral care habits to forestall tooth decay. With regular dental exams, check-ups, dental cleanings and application of dental sealants and fluoride; these are all effective treatments for children which help to decrease a child’s cavity risk.
We advise parents on the problems of oral habit discontinuation and demonstrate proper brushing and flossing technique. We recommend that you come for your oral visits at least twice a year and these visits can be scheduled for 30-60 minute sessions per appointment.
The uses of dental sealants in the recent years have proven to be an excellent preventive measure for tooth decay. Studies of more than 20 years have shown that dental sealants decrease cavities.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic material placed to cover the pits or grooves of the teeth to prevent tooth decay: this is done on the surface of the premolars and molars. The use of dental sealants is not new; it is safe, fast and painless. This is to give your child that added protection that lasts for years.
Why are the primary teeth important?
Not caring for your primary or baby teeth can lead to problems that could affect the development of the permanent teeth so maintaining the health of the primary teeth is very important. The following are also reasons why the primary teeth are important:
- Helps in the proper development of the jaws and muscles
- Provides space for the permanent teeth to form and guides them to be rightly positioned.
- Helps in proper eating and chewing.
Eruption of your child’s teeth
The formation of a child’s teeth starts before birth. All 20 of the primary teeth erupt before the age of three (3) years, the order and time at which they erupt vary between children. Within the first 6 months after birth, a child develops the first set of teeth. The lower central incisors are the first to erupt through the gum; this is followed by the upper central incisors. The development of permanent teeth starts at the age of six (6), beginning with the lower central incisors and premolars.
Do I stay with my child during dental visits?
You may be required to stay with your baby during the early stages of your child’s appointment. On subsequent appointments we advise that your child is accompanied by one of the dental assistants, this is done to build rapport with your child in situations when you are not present. It is important we gain the confidence of your child and to reduce fear completely. If a parent is insistent on accompanying a child to the treatment room, there is no restriction.
Five common myths about children’s teeth
- Bad genes are what cause cavities:
Genes play a minimal role in the oral health of an individual. Without any genetic influence, cavities are entirely preventable.
- A child doesn’t need to floss:
As soon as your baby starts chewing flossing becomes necessary. Flossing is important for the prevention of dental problems and tooth decay.
- Baby teeth aren’t so important:
This is not true! It is only playing ignorant to think your child baby tooth is not so important. The health of your child’s baby teeth can affect the health of their adult teeth. Decay in baby teeth can cause pain, infection and swelling.
- My child has cavities because of soft teeth:
This is also not true. Your child has cavities because of poor oral health, and there’s no such thing as “soft teeth”.
- Tooth Ache
- Broken or Fractured Jaw
- Fractured or Chipped Baby Tooth
- Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
- Knocked Baby or Permanent Tooth Etc.