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Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Today, early childhood dental caries—an infectious disease—is 5 times more common in children than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
Baby Teeth - Baby teeth are referred to the first set of teeth that grow into the mouth of a child. They grow with proper spacing and arrangement which provide root for the permanent teeth when they come in. Children having healthy baby teeth will be able to chew their food properly and manage good nutritional health. There are 20 baby teeth which include 8 incisors (front teeth 4 each on upper and lower jaw), four canines (they are located behind the incisors) and 8 molars (large set of teeth in the back of the mouth). The ideal time for baby teeth to appear is around 3 years.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay - A slight negligence towards child’s baby teeth can inflict his primary teeth with baby bottle tooth decay, also known as nursing bottle mouth. Such condition occurs when a baby receives milk, fruit juice and sweetened liquids as a measure of pacifier. Milk feeding through breast can also cause this condition.
Child’s First Dental Visit - Regular dental checkups of a child are always a great idea. It begins with the very first birthday of the child. During the first routine visit of the child, the pediatric dentist will examine his/her gums and teeth. Subsequently the X-rays are taken in order to reveal any decay and keep a check on the development of the teeth.
Tooth Injuries and Sports - The baby teeth and primary teeth are not as strong as compared to the permanent teeth. They are quite vulnerable to injuries such as fall and fracture. When a tooth breaks, it is very important to visit a dentist. If a child suffers an injury to the gums or a baby tooth which results in bleeding, it is advised to soak a piece of gauze in water and smoothly apply on the site of injury. Sucking an ice pop is also good until you are examined by a dentist.
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Pediatric Dentistry Treatments
Fluoride Treatment - In many countries, people drink water that reached their home through public water supply systems. This water has some quality amount of fluoride added to their water. The fluoride plays an important part in preventing tooth decay in children and adult throughout their lives. Fluoride helps in decrease in the occurrence and the severity of dental decay.
Fissure Sealants - Sealants are the best and the cheapest protection technique for permanent molars and premolars in children. They are plastic shell placed on the chewing surfaces of teeth and protect them against cavities. The application of fluoride and sealants offers a combined against the cavities.
Endodontics & Pulp Therapy - If a child suffers from tooth decay, the nerve of the tooth also gets infected from the cavities. Besides causing too much pain in the tooth root, it can cause permanent damage to the tooth bud lying at the base of the tooth root. Therefore it is important to treat the ailing tooth. Endodontic or pulp therapy is important because it not only helps in chewing and speech but also serves as a guide map for the permanent tooth to come in.
Crowns and Space Maintainers - Crowns or caps are required when a child suffers from the huge amount of tooth loss. It happens due to large cavities or enamel defects. Post a root canal treatment, the teeth needs to be crowned. It is very important to provide enough space for permanent teeth to grow. Space maintainers are required in case you loose teeth much before the growth of the permanent teeth. They act as a guide for the permanent teeth to erupt in exact position.
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