Pediatric Dentistry-Children Dentistry

We know that a child’s first visit can be an anxious experience for them, so we put extra effort into making our office a happy place for children. We offer all pediatric services from cavity prevention and treatment to orthodontics.
TOOTH DECAY IS THE MOST COMMON CHILDHOOD DISEASE.
Preventative Dentistry for Children

    At Prashanth Dental we take a preventative approach to dental care. Beginning with a child’s first visit to the dentist, our goal is to build a foundation for patients to achieve healthy smiles that last a lifetime. Through regular dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants, we strive to prevent the onset, progress, and recurrence of common dental problems.Preventative dentistry for children is a collaborative effort between the pediatric dentist, the patient and his or her parents. Along with cleanings and other preventative treatments, proper home care and a balanced diet are also important for promoting and maintaining oral health.

Oral Hygiene Instruction

    Tooth decay doesn’t discriminate by age. It can affect adults, teens and even your infant or toddler. As parents, it’s our role to set our children on the path of good oral health. Cavity prevention is a vital part of that.

When food remains on the teeth, it is consumed by bacteria naturally present in the mouth. These bacteria convert the food into acid, ultimately contributing to the production of plaque, a sticky substance that clings to the teeth. The acids in plaque will harm the enamel of the teeth, creating cavities.

Tooth decay is a serious problem that can ultimately lead to infection, pain and loss of teeth.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to prevent tooth decay in your child:

  • Never put your baby to sleep with a bottle containing anything except water. Putting your child to sleep with a bottle containing juice or milk is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to early childhood cavities.

  • Start to teach brushing habits once a tooth appears in your child’s mouth.

  • Supervise tooth brushing. A child under two years old should not use toothpaste with fluoride. An adult should assist a child in tooth brushing until six years of age.

Nutritional Counseling

    Eating a balanced diet plays an important role in dental health, too. Brushing and flossing help keep your child’s teeth clean and gums healthy, but good nutrition is necessary to help boost the immune system. When the immune system is strong, your child is less vulnerable to developing oral disease.

    A child’s eating habits can profoundly affect their dental health. Carbohydrates, sugars and starchy foods such as cake, candy, bread or pretzels can cause the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids, which then attack the teeth. Treats are best provided at the end of a meal, when increased quantities of saliva can wash away their residue. Snacking between meals without brushing afterward gives bacteria a perpetual source of fuel to feed on. This leads to the development of plaque and eventually tooth decay and cavities.

Oral Habit Counseling

     Persistent harmful habits can affect the growth of the teeth and jaws and cause abnormalities. Thumb sucking and pacifier use are very common self-soothing behaviors in babies, but can be detrimental to the alignment of the teeth if they continue as children get older. Parents can help prevent bad oral habits by comforting an anxious child and offering them praise when they are not sucking. Our dentists can also explain to your child how oral habits affect their mouth in order to help discourage the behavior as well. When necessary, patient counseling, behavior modification therapy or a preventive appliance may be recommended.

    One oral habit seen in some pediatric patients is tongue thrusting. Tongue thrusting is a habit in which the tongue moves to a forward position in the mouth during swallowing. It can cause an open bite and other orthodontic issues. Sometimes, a night guard or another appliance can correct the problem. In other cases, oral therapy is necessary to train the patient to change the tongue’s posture.

Stainless steel tooth crowns procedure

If a baby tooth or a new permanent tooth needs a crown, we have several options. We need to place a crown when decay has destroyed a large part of the tooth structure or when we have to remove infected pulp from the interior of a tooth.

A stainless steel crown is most often used on a baby tooth. This crown is strong and reliable, and it can be placed in one visit. In areas where esthetics are important, we may be able to place a stainless steel crown with a white coating.

We use stainless steel crowns for baby teeth because porcelain crowns are more expensive.

We have to remove a significant amount of tooth structure making a stainless steel crown the easiest to fit, and it will fall out with the baby tooth. We might place a stainless steel crown on a new permanent tooth if the neighboring teeth are baby teeth. A stainless steel crown can be placed in just one appointment.

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