Paediatric -Child Dentistry
At Citylife Dental, we take care of all the dental problems that arise in infants, toddlers, and children in a safe & sterile environment. It is our policy to communicate effectively with the parents and make the child feel comfortable in the clinic. All treatments are carried out only after taking consent from the parents.
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We treat following children dental problems at Citylife Dental:
- Fluoride treatment
- Tooth extractions and space maintainer
- Root canal treatments
- Dental fillings/ strip crowns
- Braces or other orthodontic treatments for misaligned teeth
A common Myth
Is there a need to get the teeth treated in children when they are going to be replaced with permanent teeth anyway?
Short answer is –YES
- A child’s primary teeth usually last till the age of 13 years and these are the primary years when nutrition also needs utmost attention. A set of healthy teeth in a child will ensure that that the child eats well.
- A set of healthy teeth teaches a child during their foundation years to maintain a good oral hygiene. The habit of maintaining good oral hygiene once formed stays with the child for life. Along with the habit of maintaining a good oral hygiene, the child also learns about healthy foods and what all foods to avoid in order to maintain a healthy set of teeth.
- The primary teeth also guide the teeth to erupt in the right direction. If there is infection in the primary teeth which travels to the bone, it can deflect the teeth away from the path of eruption.
- A set of healthy primary teeth helps in speech and in developing healthy jaw muscles and jaw bones
At what age should a child see the dentist?
- The child should visit the dentist at about 6 months when the first set of teeth erupt or at the age of 1.
- We normally do a general check and see if the teeth and gums are healthy. We advise parents how to care for a child’s teeth.
Is it common to see children with caries these days?
- Children are being seen more commonly in dental practices these days than ever before. This is due to the refined diet and change in the eating habits. . Factors such as high sugar intake, lack of oral hygiene, lack of fluoride exposure, and enamel defects are some of the major factors responsible for the development of early childhood caries.
What does early childhood caries look like?
- Early childhood caries are cavities that most often show up on a child’s upper front teeth but can also affect other teeth.
- The caries can first be seen as white spots near the gum line.
What is nursing bottle caries?
- Nursing bottle caries typically affect the upper front teeth, but may affect other teeth too.
- Tooth decay in infants and very young children is often referred to nursing bottle caries. This happens when sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars (like milk, formula, and fruit juice) cling to an infant’s teeth for a long time. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on this sugar and make acids that attack the teeth.
Is there a pediatric dentist available at your clinic?
Your first consultation will be with Dr Sajili Mittal who is the head and in charge of the dental clinic. She has training and years of experience in handling child common teeth problems. However, in case you specifically want to see the pediatric dentist, you can communicate that at the reception and we can directly schedule your appointment with the specialist.
It is advised that the bottle feeding is weaned off by the age of 1. The child should also be weaned off any sugary drinks slowly.
The child’s formula feed needs to stop by the age of 1 and the focus should be more on chewing foods. The child should be encouraged to feed on his/her own.
Apart from tooth brushing twice day, regular visits to the dentist and good eating habits are a must.
It is highly recommended that when the first sets of teeth appear, children go through fluoride treatment and sealants.
Fluoride treatments help in reducing caries and can be safely carried out in the dental office. These can be done in patients younger than 6 years old as well and your dentist is the right person to assess the need for fluoride application in younger children.
Sealants prevent the permanent teeth from getting caries as newly erupted teeth specially molars and premolars are highly susceptible to caries due to the deep fissures present in the newly erupted teeth.