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Children have their share of oral health issues, such as cavities, impacted teeth, oral infections, and improper dental hygiene. A pediatric dentist can best resolve these issues as they have been trained to treat these conditions and guide and train children in the best oral hygiene methods.
A practicing pediatric dentist at Casa Dentique, Navi Mumbai, clarifies the role of a pediatric dentist stating, ‘As pediatric dentists, we ensure our little patients follow the proper oral hygiene and dental care practice and develop healthy teeth and gums. We recommend parents get their children’s dental check-up regularly to preserve their oral health right from infancy to adolescence.
Most of the child patients visit Casa Dentique seeking treatment for decaying teeth, cavities, damaged or fracture teeth, improper bite, misaligned teeth, gum and periodontal diseases, thumb sucking and use of pacifiers. The team of pediatric dentists at the clinic guides the parents and the patients on how to prevent and manage them while treating them for the same.
According to a study by top dentists in India, dental cavities affect approximately 60% of children between the ages of 6 and 19, underlining the need for preventive dental care. Tooth Decay or cavities are a significant issue in children. It occurs when children brush and floss without parental guidance and with a sugar-laden diet. Tooth decay or cavity is the result of the building up of sticky plaque which contains acid. The acid erodes the enamel, the protective layer of the tooth leading to its decay. Pediatric dentists treat tooth decay by removing the decay using a drill and filling the hole with hard composite material.
Dental fractures or damaged teeth are considered dental emergencies, as they can occur anytime, while playing or due to a fall. In such cases, the teeth may chip, break, crack or even come out entirely. Such conditions require immediate dental attention. A wholly knocked-out tooth can be restored, while in other conditions, the pediatric dentists may suggest the most suitable restorative treatment depending on the extent of damage and injury. Hence, it is advisable for older children to use a mouth guard when playing field sports.
Orthodontic problems such as misaligned teeth or an overbite, underbite or open bite conditions required customized treatment. However, it is advisable to seek orthodontic advice when the children turn seven or eight to understand the likelihood of such issues. Ignoring or delay in orthodontic treatment can lead to overcrowding or misaligned teeth, problems in oral hygiene and the children can develop low self-esteem.
Thumb-sucking is definitely an issue. Prolonged use of the pacifier or the thumb-sucking habit in children, even after they have passed the toddler stage, affects teeth development and can lead to open bites. In an available bite condition, the upper and the lower front teeth do not meet; the child finds it difficult to bite, and chew, affecting their speech too.
Hence, pediatric dentists counsel and suggest effective habit-breaking techniques to guide parents and children to overcome thumb-sucking and similar habits. They recommend thumb guards, palatial cribs, and other specialized gadget which help to break these habits. Additionally, family support through positive reinforcement and gradually weaning off the habit is essential.
Dr. Parth Shah, founder of Casa Dentique states, ‘All patients, young and old fear visiting the dentist. But with local anesthesia, it is possible to numb the area requiring treatment. Similarly, sedation dentistry makes it possible to proceed with treatment. We at Casa Dentique, strive to develop a friendly relationship with the children and also ensure that they are treated in a comfortable and relaxed environment.
Plot no. 24, Anurag Nursing Home,
Shreeji Plaza, Sector 25, Seawoods East,
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra – 400706
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