Taking a Kid to the Dentist: 5 tips for parents
Tooth decay is very widespread in today’s youth, who are exposed to a variety of dental problems.
A child’s first dental visit not only aids in the analysis of the child’s oral health, but also teaches parents on proper tooth cleaning techniques and fluoride consumption recommendations based on the child’s age. More importantly, it also gives the parent an opportunity to make Dental vists, a fun and anxiety free biannual routine for the child. This helps establish a positive relationship with Dentists for life, as you are not waiting to visit only when the child is in pain.
From infancy to puberty, children’s oral health is taken care of. Children with specific needs are also given extra attention. Pediatric dentistry is very distinct from general dentistry, and parents seek it out because they are concerned about their children’s dental health.
Here are few tips to get you started:
Make sure the Dentist is qualified and experienced in handling kids
Children are often difficult to deal with, and those who are in agony from their teeth are even more so. When in pain, they can act in ways that are out of the ordinary. Pediatric Dentists have a lot of patience and are trained to use strategies to deal with children while also alleviating their pain. For a pediatric dental patient, there are specific behavior control approaches.
Prepare your kid mentally
The child canl have a positive attitude toward dentistry as a result of the previsit -communication. It will be easier for the child to understand if you use the tell-show-do strategy with him and teach him what to do. If you have had anxiety about visiting your dentists when growing up, try not to transfer this to your child. Help them build a positive fun relationship with their own Dentists.
Ask Dentist what to expect & be ready!
Inquire with the dentist about what to expect during the visit so that you may adequately prepare your child.
You can’t expect kids to sit still and feel at ease with the dentist in most circumstances. You can, however, progressively prepare them. Explain why the visit is required and reassure them with reassuring words to help them relax. Prepare a backup plan in case your youngster refuses to comply or throws a tantrum. You may need to reschedule the visit if he or she is extremely uncomfortable.
Create an environment for your kid to adapt healthy oral habits
Children often copy the behaviors that they observe in their parents. So begin with yourself and practise good dental hygiene; your children will soon follow.
When healthy oral habits are formed at an early age, there is little to no likelihood of a person abandoning them later in life. So begin early with your children and take them to the dentist. It will not only preserve their pearly whites in good condition, but it will also help them maintain their confidence as they grow older.
Pediatric dentists teach children how to wash their teeth and care for them, as well as assisting parents in doing so. To meet the child’s oral needs, a pediatric dentist is the best option. Apex Dental Speciality Clinics is the place to go if you’re seeking a skilled and experienced Pediatric Dentist in Dubai.
The friendly community dentists at Apex Speciality Dental Clinics will aid parents and children in developing healthy smiles by providing them with practical oral health advice throughout their growing years—from keeping a “diet diary” to diet counseling and preventative dentistry to keep those pearlies healthy.
Preventative approaches that pediatric dentists adopt to prevent dental decay in children – Dr. Shweta Nihalini, Specialist Pediatric Dentist
Pediatric dentistry is a branch that not just focuses on the treatment part but also on Prevention of disease in children. The most common oral disease in kids is dental decay.
This blog talks about one of the various preventive approaches the approaches the pedodontist adopts to prevent dental decay.
Pit and Fissure Sealants
Pit and fissure sealants are thin coating which are applied to the pits and fissures of chewing surfaces of the molars (both milk teeth and permanent teeth) and premolars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces as they are inaccessible to the toothbrush bristles. Also the topical fluoride in toothpaste is more effective on smooth surfaces thus making these areas more susceptible to cavities.
Benefits of sealants
Sealants form a protective layer on teeth and makes it impossible for plaque to stick in the pits and grooves of teeth thus avoiding decay. Infact, sealants can prevent more than 80% of dental caries in children, thus reducing the need for fillings and other more invasive procedures.
Sealants are an economical preventive measure to keep teeth healthy and caries free.
Sealants can be clear, white, slightly tinted or colored. Because they are usually used only on the back teeth, they aren’t usually visible when a child talks or smiles(unless colored).
Preventive Resin Restoration
The preventive resin restoration is a natural extension of the use of occlusal sealants. It integrates the preventive approach of the sealant therapy for caries-susceptible pits and fissures with the restoration of initial caries with composite resin that occur on the same occlusal surface.
In a nutshell, sealants help maintain sound, intact teeth. Every time a tooth is filled or a filling is replaced, additional tooth structure is lost. Appropriate use of sealants can save time, money, and the discomfort for your child associated with dental treatment.
– Dr. Shweta Nihalini, Specialist Pediatric Dentist