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 Pearl Dental Clinic.
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.
Why are healthy teeth so important?
Ensuring baby teeth remain looked after and healthy is vital for a child to eat and maintain good nutrition. In addition, healthy and correctly aligned teeth allow clear pronunciation and speech habits, as well as guide the growth of permanent adult teeth 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 Pearl 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. Pearl 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.
Is a healthy diet important?
Encouraging children to eat healthy foods is vital in the prevention of emerging problems with teeth and gums. Your Pearl Dental Clinic professional recommends the consumption of a wide variety of foods in a bid to ensure the teeth, bones and soft tissue in the mouth remain in a good condition.
Eating a varied and interesting diet consisting of items from all food groups could promote oral health among young people, as well as preventing them from growing bored of a diet containing the same types of food.
First dental visit
Your Pearl Dental Clinic practitioner recommends parents should take their child to their first dental visit close to their first birthday. It is vital for an infant to be familiar with the environment in a bid to relax them during what can often be a daunting experience.
Building up a sense of trust with a dentist is vital to eradicate any worries or fears instilled in youngsters who may feel they cannot talk about their issues with a stranger.
A child should ideally see a dentist for a routine check-up once every 6-12 months as regular dental visits are very important in running an effective preventative programme.
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 Pearl 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.
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