Pediatric Dentistry

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Pediatric Dentistry

Children suffer from many different oral problems such as tooth decay and toothache. Children must be made aware of the importance of oral health. It is also important to treat their dental problems by specialized doctors. Since the teeth, gums and jaw bones of children are not as developed as they are in adults, they need special care and attention while receiving treatments.

Our experts in children’s oral health at the French Center advise parents about the following preventive methods with young children to ensure the health of their teeth

  1. brush at least twice daily, take your time while brushing, and be sure your tooth brush has soft bristles.
  2. floss your teeth, slip the dental floss between each tooth and along the gum line gently once a day. It gets rid of food that is hidden where your tooth brush can’t get it, no matter how well you brush
  3. brush your tongue as well
  4. eat lots of fruits and vegetables
  5. drink a lot of water
  6. avoid or limit your sugary drinks and sweets
  7. sugary snacks, incase will be offered, it has to be after mealtime, where saliva production in the mouth is at its peak and helps protect children’s teeth
  8. don’t ignore any signs of dental pain and check with the dentist immediately
  9. avoid bad oral habits, like putting hard objects in your mouth, and don’t forget to wear your mouth guard during sports to avoid accidents that damage your teeth
  10. visit the dentist every 6 months to check on your teeth, and make all the decay preventive treatments which include cleaning, fissure sealants and fluoride.

FAQ

your child should be seen for his very first dental visit six months after the eruption of their first tooth, or by their first birthday, whichever one comes first.

oral care begins before the eruption of the first tooth. Before your child gets their first teeth, you can clean their gums with a damp washcloth after feedings. Once the teeth begin to emerge, you can start to brush them. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head. You should use toothpaste, but do not use fluoridated products before the age of 2.

baby teeth are extremely important. Along with helping your child to eat, they help your child to develop proper speech patterns. They are important for holding space in the jaw for the eruption and proper alignment of the permanent teeth. They also help to give your child an adorable smile. Premature loss of baby teeth can affect the oral health of your child. If your child has lost a baby tooth early, it is important to schedule an appointment early.

if your child plays sports, it is important for them to wear a mouthguard. Mouthguards help to protect against tooth injuries. A custom fit mouthguard, which is professionally made from impressions of the mouth, helps to provide your child with greater protection.

just like an adult, your child should be seen every 6 months. Depending upon the specific needs of your child, we may recommend more frequent visits. The earliest visits are used to continue helping your child get used to our office. We then begin to clean and examine their teeth. We show them the tools that we use and explain what we do with them before using them, giving your child an opportunity to grow comfortable with our procedures.