Understanding Dental Health for Children

Children’s teeth are called main or deciduous baby teeth, or as dentists refer to them. Children generally have 20 teeth compared to adults with 32. Children’s teeth are vital for multiple reasons. As adult teeth, they are very necessary for good chewing of food, strengthening the facial muscles and encouraging smiles, but they are also needed to support jaw development and provide sufficient space for permanent teeth eruption. Premature loss of certain baby teeth in the permanent dentition can cause crowding problems and malocclusions.

When baby teeth appear in a child’s mouth for the first time, preventive dental health measures are needed to prevent decay. The first visit a child makes to the dentist is critical. The dentist not only has to examine the teeth, but also subject the infant to a pleasant, non-traumatic experience. Though many dentists treat children, it may initially be a good choice to take your child to a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists ‘ offices usually have a park atmosphere, and are ideally equipped to handle children’s special needs.

Tooth decay The primary cause of early loss of baby teeth is rotting gum. A visit to the dentist would allow early identification of the child’s dental health and appropriate care. When deterioration is severe and affects the tooth’s nerve, a treatment known as pulpotomy may be implemented. A part of the inflamed nerve tissue is cut out in this operation. If effective, this procedure prevents premature space loss and keeps baby teeth.

Restoration of these badly damaged teeth can involve artificial crown welding and cementation.

Once the decayed teeth are properly treated, good dental hygiene can be recovered through sufficient recall visits to track the health of the child and provide preventive care.

Preventive care In addition to brushing the child’s teeth and promoting good oral health and hygiene, the application of fluoride and sealers (bonded protective coatings over the tooth’s cavity-prone crevices) often provides protection against decay.

The dentist will address the eating habits and diet of the infant with the adult, as this is not only an important factor in reducing deterioration but also in maintaining a healthy overall condition. Remember that one of the main forms of infant deterioration is known as baby bottle syndrome. This condition happens when a parent lets the baby sleep by chewing a milk bottle’s nipple or any other liquid-containing sugar.

To addition to the eating patterns of their infant, parents should also notify the pediatric dentist of drugs that either the mother has taken through pregnancy or that the child may be taking. Tetracycline stain is among the most severe dental cosmetic issues. This discolouration occurs as a result of taking the antibiotic tetracycline from the second trimester in utero to about eight years of age during periods of tooth formation.