What’s so special about pediatric dentists?
Why choose a pediatric dentist?
Dentists who specialize in children’s oral health have advanced dental education and experience in child behavior.
They dedicate their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of children, including those with special needs. These dental experts and their assistants do know how to put young patients at ease. Guided by body language, facial expressions, and words (if the child can verbally communicate), the dental team assesses who needs extra time to adjust to the surroundings. Children receive lots of praise and explanations.
Using the “Tell-Show-Do” technique, the dentist or dental assistant introduces a tool to the child and demonstrates how it’ll be used before the work begins. Answering questions honestly, but with special terms, also helps. For example, the dental team gives “sleepy juice,” not shots, which makes a part of the mouth “feel like your arm or foot is falling asleep.” The saliva suction tool is called Thirsty Charlie. A high-speed drill is Mr. Whistler. The dentist “wiggles the tooth out,” instead of pulling it. Cotton rolls are tooth pillows and fluoride is tooth vitamins. Starting regular dental checkups from age 1 will make your child a confident, happy dental patient for life.
You must have heard the following words of wisdom that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In dentistry, you might say it's worth two pounds. Maybe even thousands of Rupees. That's because dental problems can become exponentially more expensive and painful if they are left unaddressed.
Preventive dentistry emphasizes the importance of ongoing hygiene procedures and daily practices to prevent tooth decay and other dental diseases and conditions. Effective preventive dentistry combines at-home oral care by patients with chairside treatments and counseling by dental professionals.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans. Research has shown that fluoride not only reduces cavities in children and adults, but it also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay.
Though children are using a set of teeth they will eventually lose, that set of teeth needs to survive until the adult teeth guide them out of the gums, which helps ensure the adult teeth grow in correctly and with enough room. That’s why oral hygiene is important as soon as a baby’s teeth begin to come in, and teaching oral hygiene should begin at a young age. Despite your best efforts to ensure good dental hygiene, sometimes kids end up with cavities.
PIT & FISSURE
Pits and fissures are actually naturally occurring enamel faults/ narrow shafts of some length on occlusal/top surface of teeth whose blind ends are directed inwards.
Is it advisable to have your child's tooth removed or no is an answer best advised by a pedodontist (child dental surgeon).There are few reasons that arise the need for extraction of milk teeth.
Pulpectomy is a procedure that involves total removal of all the infected pulp tissue of a baby tooth followed by filling of a dental medicament to ensure removal of bacteria. It is then followed by placement of a dental crown to maximise its strength.
It is basically an appliance made up of acrylic or metal which keeps the space open for permanent tooth to erupt into its right position. It can be either removable or cemented (fixed).