Friday, 30 September 2016

Answers to frequently asked question..part II.Child special !!

Children's special....!!!!!!

Q.1.How do I clean my baby's teeth?
                A soft bristled tooth brush with small head should be used at least once at bedtime.

Q.2.When should I bring my child for first regular dental checkup?
                To prevent dental problems first dental visit is preferred when the child's first tooth come out / right after the first birthday.Regular dental check-ups are recommended once in every two years.Certain kids may require much more frequent dental checkups due to increased susceptibility to decay,unusual growing skeletal pattern or poor oral hygiene.Definite checkups are recommended at the age of 1,6 and 12.Contact your dentist to suggest right appointments for your child.

Q.3.Baby teeth are anyways gonna fall?Are those really important?
                 Primary tooth or baby tooth has its own function.Not only they aid in speaking and chewing ,they act as a guide for the eruption path of the following successor tooth.Deep decay in the baby tooth will also cause pain.Pulling it out is not the solution as the baby teeth has different shedding time.Until the right shedding time they have their assigned work to do.Decay in the baby tooth may also affect the successor.Dentist will suggest you prompt treatment corresponding to the age.

Q.4.What are the harmful habits that I must save my kid from?
              Bottle feeding,thumb sucking,tongue thrusting,lip-biting,nail biting,use of pacifiers are all the harmful habits which may result in decay or poor facial appearance.Children can be restricted from these habits.If not,habit breaking appliance can be used.

Q.5.What is the right way to use tooth paste for my child?
               Choose a tooth paste with IDA seal.Plain paste with no crystals are recommended.Consider a flavor favorable to your kid. Fluorinated tooth paste is must to fight cavities.But the problem is child tends to swallow the paste.Too much ingestion of fluorine is harmful for your child's health and teeth.Thus it is suggested to use only pea-nut size amount of tooth paste.Ask your dentist for suitable tooth paste to your kid.

Q.6.What are the steps to prevent decay?
               Basically brushing is important.Mouth rinsing after chocolates,candy or be it any sticky food helps.Stop the usage of bottle and pacifiers at the right age.Never let your child fall asleep after drinking milk.Milk layer persisted at night and action of bacteria overnight will result in decay.Eating fibrous food will aid in reducing decay.
                As the tooth forms deep crevices called fissure are formed.The union of fissures results in pits.These areas are prone to decay because tooth brush can't really reach that deep.Sealing this area will prevent decay and this is done by DENTAL SEALANTS.Using sealants is a painless and a simple procedure to kids and will often result in major benefit.

Q.7.What to do if my kid knocks out a permanent teeth due to fall?
                  First thing to do is not to panic.Find the tooth,wash it very gently that it is free from mud and try to re-insert in the space.If its not possible place the tooth in milk and report to a dentist immediately

Q.8.How does a space maintainer help?
                    As already mentioned the importance of primary teeth,its better not to pull the baby teeth out.Having made that choice,at least the permanent teeth eruption pathway should be guided.Leaving the primary teeth space empty will result in collapsing of neighboring teeth and hence no space for the permanent teeth to come out.This is why space maintainer is suggested.Affording a space maintainer is always lesser than the aftermath effects corrected by ortho/braces treatment.

Q.9.Tips to stop the habit of  thumb sucking.
                    Thumb-sucking is common for a child.The habit generally stops at 2-4 years of age.Thumb-sucking when the permanent teeth is at the verge of eruption can result in poor facial appearance.Encourage or praise the child when he/she is not sucking.Explain the ill effects of it.Do not force.As the child usually sucks the thumb or finger when he is insecure or needing comfort.Focus on the cause and work on it.If these things don't work remind the child of bitter medication and bandaging the thumb.Visit a dentist for an appliance breaking this habit.

Q.10.When should bottle-feeding be stopped?
                       Children should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age.If not your child will end up being obese due to intake of unnecessary calories and also the child is highly prone to decay.

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