- What is the importance of baby teeth?
- Why should baby teeth be filled or repaired?
- How can we prevent tooth decay in children?
Children should visit a pediatric dentist when their first tooth comes in or no later than their first birthday.
What is the importance of baby teeth?
Even though your child will one day lose his/her primary teeth, it is important to care for them. The primary teeth are essential for everyday function such as eating and speech development. Early Childhood decay, is a preventable condition that causes painful teeth and gums and may affect your child’s self-esteem. The primary teeth are also important to provide space for the larger adult teeth to erupt.
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Why should baby teeth be filled or repaired?
- Baby teeth that have decay should be restored to prevent the decay from spreading
- Baby teeth should be cared for as they serve the same important purposes as the permanent teeth
- Baby teeth should be kept in place until they are replaced by permanent teeth. They reserve the space for the permanent teeth to grow into
- If baby teeth are lost too early, the adjoining teeth can drift into the spaces that are needed for the permanent teeth.This can then cause crowding problems, because there is insufficient space for the permanent teeth.
- Decayed teeth causing pain will also discourage the child from eating thereby affecting the general health also.
What is the best way of restoring a decayed baby tooth?
- Fillings can be done similar to adult teeth with composite material
- Ready-made strip crowns can be placed for badly broken down front teeth
- Pulp therapy with stainless steel caps are done for badly decayed back teeth
How can I get dental treatment done if my child is not co-operative?
If your child requires multiple dental treatment and is too young to co-operate, all the required procedures can be completed in a single visit under General Anesthesia.
How safe is General Anesthesia for dental procedures?
It is very safe. The main advantage is that all the dental procedures can be completed and is recommended for children above 3 years of age.
How can we prevent tooth decay in children?
- Correct diet:Too much sugar in the diet, and dental plaque on the teeth, are the main causes of tooth decay and gum disease.It is important to cut down the amount of sugar consumed, and to eat a generally balanced and healthy diet.
- Oral hygiene and plaque control : It is important to maintain oral hygiene by brushing twice a day
- Fluoride: Fluoride makes the teeth more resistant to decay and can also reverse initial decay process. Professional fluoride application can be done by the dentist in the form of gels or varnishes
- Fissure sealants: They are thin composite materials that are placed in the fissures of a newly erupted permanent tooth. They aid in making the tooth surface more smooth and easy for maintenance