FAQs About Childrens Dentistry
Children will soon lose their milk teeth, why is it important to keep immaculate children's oral health?
What our children learn as they grow up will dictate how they live for the rest of their lives. Teaching children to keep good oral health by teaching them to floss and brush correctly and encouraging visits to the dentist and the hygienist will definitely pave their way to establishing a lifelong excellent oral hygiene. Moreover, keeping healthy milk teeth, or baby teeth, will allow your children to talk and chew normally and pave the way for the permanent teeth to develop and emerge in a normal and healthy fashion.
What is the correct way to brush children's teeth?
Your dentist or hygienist will be able to train you and your child on the best practices to keep a good oral health. The video below will give you some tips which you can use with your children to help them get the most out of tooth brushing.
When should a child's first visit to the dentist?
A child's first visit to the dentist should be when they get their first tooth and should be no later than 1 year after their birth. This exposure to the dental setting will prepare your child for future routine visits so that they become normal and expected.
What to expect at the first visit to the children's dentist?
The first routine visit to the dentist will be aimed at establishing a bond between the child and his/her dentist and dental nurse. This trust relationship will put the child at ease in the subsequent visits. The eating and brushing habits of the child are established to identify any tooth decay risks. The parents presence in the room can be helpful as parents will be the ones to make sure a child keeps a good oral hygiene and the ones to control the diet. However, sometimes it may be better for a child to be in the surgery on their own as they will be more likely to follow the instructions as they will rely less on the parents.
Will dental x-rays cause any harm to my child?
The modern advancement means that x-rays these days are at least 90% weaker than they needed to be a few years ago because of the improvement and development of computer sensors. Dental x-rays are week and they carry a very minute risk to a child health. Moreover, we are always careful at Clarendon Dental Spa about the amount of radiation a child gets and we endeavour to limiting the use of x-rays until it is needed.
When should the regular visits to the dental hygienist start?
We advice that your child starts seeing a dental hygienist every 6 months from the age of 6. This gets them into the habit of seeing the hygienist and regularly.
What does an oral health friendly diet consist of for my child?
It is important to give your child a balanced diet that will aid healthy growth and development. a balanced diet should include fruits and vegetables, cereals, legumes, milk and dairy products and proteins from meat, fish or eggs. On the other hand, it is important to limit a child's intake of carbohydrates and starch between meals to prevent tooth decay.
What else can I do to prevent tooth decay?
Make sure that your children are not nursed to sleep. Their bedtime should include nothing other than water to prevent tooth decay. Moreover, you should learn and teach your child the correct way of brushing and flossing and make sure that they do it.
What products should I use to clean my child's teeth?
A toothbrush is the basic tool that your child will use for the rest of his/her life. Choose a soft bristled small headed toothbrush in conjunction with a children's toothpaste. Get them into the habit of brushing at least twice a day. Flouride containing toothpastes should be by the time your child is around 3 years of age. Before that, you can use the toothbrush with warm water. Constant supervision of children as they clean their teeth is needed to insure that they do not use too much toothpaste and to insure that they spit out any excess toothpaste.
Will the thumb sucking habit affect my child's oral health?
Children's thumb sucking habits are normally fine as most children develop them. They do not affect the development of teeth or jaws but if excessive may affect the child's thumbnail. If the habits are intense or prolong they may pose a risk to the child teeth and jaw development. For example, if the child has intense biting and grinding habits a visit to the dentist may be in place to try and get the child out of the habit which may damaging.
In the event of a toothache, what should I do?
If your child suffers from a toothache, the first thing you should do is try to ease the ache till you see a dentist. You can ease the pain by rinsing the affected area using warm water and putting a cold press on the face if its swollen. Children's paracetamol liquid will also help in getting the pain under control. make sure you contact your dentist to see them as soon as possible.
What if my child loses a permanent tooth?
The first thing you should do is to calmly hold the knocked out tooth by the crown and try to reinsert in the socket before you see the dentist. If you could not do that, then put the tooth in a glass of milk and take the child and the tooth to the dentist.