Children’s dentistry and dental sealants
Parents aiming to teach their children about the importance of an effective oral health routine could benefit from a range of treatments and preventative measures offered by practitioners at smile architect.
The following advice may help guardians prevent the onset of tooth decay, as well as familiarise youngsters with the feel of the dental practice in a bid to eradicate any dental phobias, fears or concerns in later life.
When will my child start teething?
A child’s baby teeth begin to develop before they are born, with the first signs of eruption occurring as early as four months of age. The lower central incisors are usually the first to develop, followed by the upper central incisors.
Infants generally have all of their baby teeth by the time they reach three years old, although the placing and order of emergence tends to differ across individuals.
Although this figure can vary from child to child, a baby’s first tooth usually erupts between six and twelve months which can mean children experience pain and discomfort for a long period of time.
If this is the case, your Smile Architect dental clinic dentist recommends rubbing the gum with a clean finger, the back of a cold spoon or a cold, wet cloth to provide relief and soothing to often painful issues.
Parents should avoid the use of teething biscuits to ease the pain of erupting teeth due to a high sugar content, which could cause oral health issues at an early age.
Preventing tooth decay
There are a number of different actions a parent can take in a bid to limit the risk of tooth decay among their children. Smile Architect dental clinic professionals advise parents to avoid the consumption of milk when falling asleep. Babies who require the use of a bottle for comfort before bed time should be given a dummy or water as a protective alternative.
In addition, it is vital for guardians to monitor the signs of tooth decay in an infant upon the first signs of tooth eruption. Checking the side of the tongue for dull spots every two weeks should prevent the issue from worsening.
What is a dental sealant?
A dental sealant is a natural-looking mini-filling, which is used to prevent the onset of cavities after the growth of permanent back-teeth molars. They may also be utilised to limit the risk of decay in areas where the teeth are particularly fissured or grooved. The protection offers children an effective level of protection against the development of potentially harmful bacteria.
A fissure sealant, which can be provided by your Smile Architect dental clinic professional, is a colourless protective liquid, which hardens with the application of a concentrated beam of ultraviolet light. The permanent fixture can remain in place for a number of years if they are cared for effectively as part of an everyday routine.
Used in dentistry for a number of decades, the procedure is usually carried out soon after the adult teeth present themselves in the mouth this usually takes place when a child reaches approximately six years of age. The second molar teeth, which emerge when a youngster is around 12 years old, can also be fissure sealed.
Children who have issues with decay in other areas of their mouth could also benefit from the use of fissure sealants to provide a solution to a problem that is likely to worsen rapidly.
Is there braces for children?
Growth modification treatment cannot be done in adults. If a person requires correction of severely disproportionate or displaced jaws after the growth is over, then orthodontic treatment alone would give a compromised result. Only surgical correction of one or both the jaws combined with orthodontic treatment would give the best possible result in such cases.
Teeth become irregular or protruding when the jaws are smaller and the teeth are bigger. Spaces develop among teeth when the teeth are smaller and the jaws are larger. Any irregularity of the teeth can be treated orthodontically even at the age of 40 to 45 years. It is not the age of the patient but the condition of the tooth-supporting bone that determines the feasibility of orthodontic treatment.
For the correction of crowded or protruding teeth, it becomes necessary to remove two permanent teeth from each jaw. This creates spaces in which the front teeth are moved to align them and relocate them in a better position. Removing teeth does not affect the eyes or any other part of the body. It is not necessary to remove teeth in cases where spaces exist among teeth. These can be closed by moving the teeth.
Removable or fixed orthodontic appliances, commonly known as braces, are used to align and relocate teeth. Fixed braces have much better control over the tooth movements and hence give much better results. Usually metal braces are used but now tooth-coloured ceramic braces (also known as clear braces) are also available which are aesthetically more acceptable.
In younger patients sometimes we do treatments called 2 X 4 appliance where only anterior 4 teeth and posterior 4 teeth are attached with orthodontic braces for minor teeth correction before going onto some other training appliances.
Is there braces for children?
Sometimes we use Trainers which are products from Myofunctional research Co in Australia for training and modulation of growth in young children in the range of 6-12 years.