Dental care has to begin at a very young age to ensure better oral health throughout one’s life. This is why dentists advise parents to take their child for their first dental consultation starting at the age of 6 months to a year. During this time, the baby’s first teeth start to emerge and it is best if you’re well aware of taking care of their oral health.
Pediatric dentistry is solely intended for the oral treatment of younger patients, meaning, infants, children, and teenagers. It involves preventive treatments, diagnosis of oral infections, suggesting the right treatment method and medications to counter the condition, educating parents about the oral care of their young ones, etc.
Watch out for cavities
Tooth decay is quite apparently one of the most common oral issues among children and youngsters. The main cause of cavities is the accumulated plaque and tartar on the surface of the teeth. This occurs due to improper or irregular brushing, which, over the span of time leads to the formation of tartar deposits. Another cause of cavities is the excessive consumption of sugary foods such as candies, chocolate, pastries, etc. It leaves a sugary coat on the teeth, which the bacteria feed on.
Make sure your children brush their teeth thoroughly, especially the hard-to-reach corners. This is where the tartar tends to accumulate the most. Until they are able to brush on their own, parents must help them with it. Also, keep a check on the sugary foods they eat. After every meal, make them gurgle with water to get rid of the food debris.
Malocclusion, or the misalignment of the teeth, can take away your child’s beautiful smile and make them the laughingstock at school. It can often lead to embarrassment and loss of confidence. Also, biting and chewing food, brushing the teeth, etc. would become increasingly difficult. In young individuals, malocclusion usually occurs due to the untimely falling off of milk teeth, which result in the permanent teeth emerging deviated from their right position. Heredity also plays a major role in the onset of malocclusion. Hence, getting them the right treatment to counter malocclusion at a young age would ensure better results and the teeth get adjusted to their new positions much easier.
Regular oral consultations
We suggest you bring your young ones for routine consultations at least once every six months. This allows us to keep a track of their oral health, which in turn lets us treat any unexpected conditions better. Oral consultations would also include cleanings (scaling) to get rid of the tartar deposits from the teeth surfaces. Issues such as cavities, gum infections, damage to the teeth, etc. can be treated during the consultations.
Pediatric oral care definitely starts at home with healthy eating and thorough cleaning of the teeth. They often prevent the growth of microbes in the mouth, which is regarded as the main cause of most oral diseases.
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