Good dental care begins before a baby's first tooth appears. Just because you can't see the teeth doesn't mean they aren't there. Teeth actually begin to form in the second trimester of pregnancy. At birth, your baby has 20 primary teeth, some of which are fully developed in the jaw.
Here's when and how to care for those little choppers:
Even babies can develop tooth decay if good feeding habits aren't practiced. Putting a baby to sleep with a bottle might be convenient, but can harm the baby's teeth. When the sugars from juice or milk remain on a baby's teeth for hours, they can eat away at the enamel, creating a condition known as bottle mouth. Pocked, pitted, or discolored front teeth are signs of bottle mouth. Kids with severe cases might develop cavities and need all of their front teeth pulled (permanent teeth will grow in later).
Brushing is key in maintaining healthy teeth – not only does it remove remnants of food, but dental plaque as well. Dental plaque is comprised of bacteria and metabolic waste products. The bacteria multiply rapidly and form a sticky mass that adhere to the teeth and produce aggressive acid. This acid attacks the enamel of initiates the decaying process.
Our hygienists are specially trained to teach children how to brush their teeth effectively. We highly recommend to:
Brush at least twice a day – after breakfast and before bedtime
Brush all the teeth, not just the front ones and spend at least 2 or 3 minutes brushing using age appropriate fluoride toothpaste
Visit our tooth brushing school in order to tailor your brushing techniques to your child’s particular needs
Children teeth can grow in a tightly crowded manner causing an increased risk of tooth decay between adjacent teeth, known as approximal caries.
These interproximal spaces are too narrow for the toothbrush and create a trap where bacteria can hide. To prevent the development of approximal caries it is important that you start flossing when your child is 4 years old. Our preventative team is always on hand to assist and guide, and will happily teach parents and children how to use dental floss properly.
It is recommended that children see a dentist by their first birthday. At this first visit, your child dentist will explain proper brushing and flossing techniques and do a modified exam while your baby sits on your lap.
These visits can help find potential problems early and help kids get used to visiting the dentist so they'll have less fear about going as they get older. Consider taking your child to a children dentist who specializes in treating kids. Pediatric dentists are trained to handle the wide range of issues associated with kids' dental health. They also know when to refer you to a different type of specialist, such as an orthodontist to correct an overbite or an oral surgeon for jaw realignment.
If a child seems to be at risk for cavities or other problems, the dentist may start applying topical fluoride even before all teeth come in. Fluoride hardens the tooth enamel, helping to ward off the most common childhood oral disease — dental cavities (also called dental caries).
Cavities happen when bacteria and food left on the teeth after eating are not brushed away. Acid collects on a tooth, softening its enamel until a hole — or cavity — forms.
Here's how to keep cavities away:
As your child's permanent teeth grow in, the child dentist can help prevent decay by applying a thin wash of resin (called a sealant) to the back teeth, where most chewing is done. This protective coating keeps bacteria from settling in the hard-to-reach crevices of the molars. But make sure that kids know that sealants aren't a replacement for good brushing and regular flossing.
Contact one of our childrens orthodontist to take care of your childs dental care. Our children orthodontist comes with many years of experience and will discuss with you the best possible solutions to maintain your childrens detal hygiene always in good health.
Fissure sealants are white, plastic coatings that are painted onto the biting surface of the back teeth. These biting surfaces are criss‐crossed with tiny hills (pits) and valleys (fissures), which provide a perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Even though most people think of pre-teens and teens when they think of orthodontics, there are good reasons your child should get an orthodontic evaluation much sooner. The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a check-up with an orthodontic specialist no later than age 7.
Bright Smile Dental & Orthodontic Center,
Al Shafar Bldg 7,
Al Wasl Road,
Unit #105, Dubai - UAE,
PO Box 252189,
Tel : +971 4 344 9675
Fax: +971 4 344 9657
Our area is next to the famous city walk. It is the same building of 2XL Furniture, located between Life Pharmacy and Aswaq Supermarket, and opposite of Emarat Petrol Station.
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