Children’s teeth begin forming before they are even born. The first primary, or baby teeth, to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors. These are followed closely by the upper central incisors which come through around four months after birth. Although all twenty primary teeth have usually appeared by the time the child reaches three years old, the pace and order of eruption varies from child to child.
Permanent teeth start to come through around the age of six. This begins with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately age twenty-one.
Oral care should begin soon after birth. You should always clean your infant’s gums after feeding. Gums should be wiped with a clean, damp cloth or gauze pad. Parents should brush children’s teeth daily with a soft wet toothbrush and a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. When children are very young it is necessary to supervise their brushing to ensure proper brushing habits are adopted.
First visit & Guidelines for working with children
Your trust is our main inspirationTo prevent your child suffering from nursing bottle mouth, you must give your baby a bottle at nap or bed time. Fill the bottle with plain water and not milk, formula or juice. Dental sealants can provide a further layer of protection against cavities. They are plastic coatings which are painted onto the grooved chewing surfaces at the back of the teeth. We recommend a first checkup by 12 months old to make certain that teeth and jaw development are normal
- Parents are always welcome in the room
- Comfort is always our concern
- Consent and guidance are vital
- No longer than 6 months after first tooth is erupted
- At least by 12 months old
- As soon as possible if you have any queries
HomeDental Care Tips
It is often difficult initially to brush your child’s teeth. They can really put up a struggle, screaming, kicking, crying, running away, not opening their mouths – every kid is different. We’ve often heard the value of choosing your battles with your children and this is one to choose. Remember that the initial challenge you face is actually more taxing on you than it ultimately is for your child.
Education and prevention are the cornerstones of our concern for the dental health of children. Don’t be concerned at first with trying to brush all the teeth at each session & Loose teeth if any. Reinforce your teaching with positive role modeling make sure your child sees you brush and floss regularly
Common Procedures Include
2-MIN FLUORIDE APPLICATIONS (For prevention from effects of chocolates; Colas; sticky foods on teeth)
PIT & FISSURE SEALS (Most recommended way of caries prevention by blocking deep pits & fissures of teeth )
FLUORIDE FILLINGS (for correction of cavities in milk& permanent teeth)
ORTHODONTIC ASSESMENT (whether your child needs Braces ?)
HABIT BREAKING APPLIANCES (For correction of bad habits like Thumb-sucking; Mouth breathing; Tongue –thrusting)
SPACE MAINTAINERS (To allow permanent tooth to erupt in place if milk tooth has shed off or extracted early.)
SCALING & POLISHING OF TEETH (to prevent any gum problem)
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Baby Bottle Syndrome, or Nursing Bottle Mouth are all terms used to describe a dental condition, which involves the rapid decay of many or all the baby teeth of an infant or child. The teeth most likely to be damaged are the upper front teeth. They are some of the first teeth to erupt and thus have the longest exposure time to the sugars in the bottle.
A bottle containing formula, milk or juice
A pacifier dipped in honey
While breast feeding
Oral checks should be performed by parents to detect early signs of the disease
Brown spots along the gumline on your child’s teeth are signs which should alert you
If your child prefers soft foods, frowns or cries when eating cold, sweet, or hard foods, they should be checked for tooth decay
You can prevent this from happening to your child’s teeth by learning how to protect them
Clean your child’s teeth daily
Start bottle weaning by at least a year
Give your child plain water for thirst
Make sure your child gets the fluoride needed to prevent tooth decay.
Oral Hygiene Information for Your Child
1. Should I clean my baby’s teeth?
Definitely. Even before the first tooth appears, use a soft, clean cloth to wipe your baby’s gums and cheeks after feeding. As soon as the first tooth appears, begin using a small, soft bristled tooth brush to clean the tooth after eating. Don’t cover the brush with toothpaste. Young children tend to swallow most of the toothpaste, and swallowing too much fluoridated toothpaste can cause permanent spots on their teeth called dental fluorosis.
2. I find brushing my child’s teeth awkward. Any suggestions?
Try having your child lie down. Put your child on your lap or on the floor, keeping his/her head steady with your legs. If your child is standing, have his/her back to you with their head tilted slightly and resting against your body. Have your child hold a mirror while you brush and floss their teeth so your child can see what is being done.
3 Is it important to brush before bed?
Yes. If you have to miss a brushing, the bedtime one is probably the worst one to miss. If you don’t get rid of the bacteria and sugar that cause cavities, they have all night to do harm. While you are awake, saliva helps keep the mouth clean. When you are asleep, there is less saliva produced to clean the mouth. For this reason it is important to brush before bedtime.
4. How to brush your child’s teeth?
Every day plaque forms on the inner, outer, and chewing surface of teeth and the gums. Tooth brushing is one of the most effective ways to remove the plaque..
- The best kind of toothbrush to use is one with soft, round-tipped bristles.
- A child will need a smaller brush than an adult.
- Young children do not have the manual dexterity to brush properly. Your child will need your supervision and help brushing until he or she is 8-10 years old to ensure a thorough brushing has been done.
- When the bristles become bent or frayed, a new brush is needed.
- Start flossing your child’s teeth when the teeth touch each other and you can no longer brush in between them
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