Does my Child really need to visit as per recommended preventive visits?
Children with healthy mouths and teeth typically need to visit the dentist every six months for routine check-ups and preventive care, such as cleanings, sealants and fluoride treatments. However, your child may require an alternate schedule that better accommodates your child’s needs as per his caries risk and home oral hygiene. The intent is simple; let that small cavity/decay shall never be big, best we can try together not to have one only, ever.
What exactly constitutes cleaning of teeth?
Professional dental cleaning/scaling helps remove built-up plaque/biofilm that is not removable using conventional brushing and flossing over the time. This, in turn helps in delaying/preventing gum problem and dental decays. To identify biofilm, we use colorful gels which not only help us identify all possible biofilm but also help in educating you and your child how to prevent its buildup.
What are sealing the grooves or Pit & Fissure Sealants ?
Dental sealants are clear or colored thin coatings applied to the surfaces of a child’s primary to permanent molars (back chewing teeth) to prevent the development of tooth decay. They work by preventing food and plaque from resting in the grooves and crevices of molars – an area especially susceptible to cavities.
According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention), dental sealants prevent 80% of cavities in the back teeth, where 9 in 10 of cavities occur. Simply, we prefer to “seal” rather “drill and fill”. No wonder, it is most popular and done procedure at our practice.
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I've heard a lot about fluoride but does my child really needs it ?
Fluoride is single most effective dental decay prevention strategy to combat that caries cycle happening in your child/your mouth. It has a unique property to resist the cavity formation and fight the ongoing decay and possibly reverse it. There is a reason it is incorporated in our tooth pastes, tea, water ( some countries) in permissible amount. Fluoride varnishes, sticky paint applied by microbrush , is one of the most popular, most effective and most done procedure at our clinic. We have large number of families who visits us every 3-6 months only to get this done for their child over the years. That’s the commitment they fulfill in order to have a decay free mouth. Keep in mind that fluoride varnish treatments cannot completely prevent cavities. This treatment best helps prevent decay when combined with brushing, flossing regularly, getting regular dental care, and eating a healthy diet.
I've never heard of Dental Home ?
Children’s jaws and teeth grow and their smile and face changes over time and they need a familiar place where your child can visit for their oral health needs over the period of time. This is what we call as DENTAL HOME. By establishing a dental home by age one, a preventive program can place a child on the path to optimal oral health. Most children are seen every three to six months, but some children may be seen more frequently if a mouth or tooth injury is being monitored or they are at a high risk for getting cavities. We guide parents by providing them with actionable oral health advice during their regular dental visits so that kids can move from need based to preventive based approach.
Kindly guide me for Anticipatory guidance?
We counsel parents/caregivers for appropriate brushing & flossing habits, along with dietary and feeding guidance that will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits. We also guide for teething, preventing dental injuries, importance of limiting foods and beverages that contain sugar, home oral hygiene and preventive care. Recently, we have started emphasizing on appropriate tongue movements, breathing and swallowing techniques which is key in future face for the child.
Habit Counseling: Children are born with a natural sucking reflex. In fact, babies begin to suck on their fingers while still in the womb. Sucking a thumb or pacifier is relatively harmless during the first few months of life and may actually be emotionally comforting to an infant. However, prolonged sucking that lasts into the preschool years or later may cause long-term oral complications including open bite, tongue thrusting, crooked teeth and improper jaw growth. We take pride in emphasizing early guidance and psychological counselling to prevent developing concerns due to extended thumb sucking/mouth breathing or nail/lip biting habit.
Mouth Guards/Sports Dentistry: According to the American Dental Association (ADA), more than 200,000 oral injuries are prevented each year by wearing a mouthguard. Mouthguards can help protect your child from a dental emergency Mouthguards, also called mouth protectors or sports guards, are appliances made of soft plastic that helps cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw, and also help redistribute forces from a blow to the head during a contact sport. While a mouthguard won’t prevent a concussion, it can reduce the severity of the injury quite significantly. In simple terms, Customized mouthguards are like “helmets” for your child’s teeth during contact sports or recreational activities. Simply, its not an option for your growing child who wishes to explore the world in its own ways, it’s an essential tool to prevent any dental emergency from trauma/injury.