a) Caries Management
b) Diet Counselling
c) Preventive Measures
Disease management under Pediatric Dentistry
Making your children’s oral health a priority is key to their lifelong dental health. Unfortunately, parents tend to ignore or lack the understanding of the fact that the dental health for kids should start as soon as their first tooth erupts as an infant. Just like regular check-ups with a paediatrician, a child needs a dentist’s care as well.
Expert pediatric dentists of Smile and Glow dental clinic offers a wide range of disease management methods, treatment options, as well as training for parents to care for your child’s oral health. The following are the Disease management techniques implemented by Smile and Glow dental clinic.
Educating parents on maintaining their kids' teeth is the first step of disease management in Paediatric dentistry. Parents are the consistent role models for children, and they can play an important role in setting up a daily routine and making their children understand the importance of oral hygiene. Experts of Smile and Glow brief parents about the eruption pattern of a child's teeth, the time of exfoliation, and how to brush a kid's primary teeth. The gums of a child are very tender and prone to get hurt easily. Parents should use a rubber finger brush instead of a regular toothbrush to protect these gums.
Tooth decay in children, also known as childhood caries, or Nursing Bottle caries is a common dental infection usually developed when the children’s mouth is infected by acid-producing bacteria. If this condition is not prevented it can cause pain and life-threatening infections. Maintaining good oral hygiene for your child is the first step. Parents should brush their mouth twice daily using rubber finger brush. They should also avoid putting children to bed with feeding bottles or food, as it can expose your child's teeth to sugar. The child is also at risk for ear infections and choking.
Apart from these primary preventive strategies, Smile and Glow offer different methods for preventing tooth cavities such as:
• Use tooth mousse to strengthen enamel and prevent cavities
• Pit and Fissure sealant (Protecting the deciduous teeth from sticky food particles)
• Fluoride application
• Maintain good oral hygiene
Before the eruption of the teeth pediatric dentist of Smile and Glow provide counselling for the parents on the basic information about the role of diet in promoting good oral health, and dietary factors that can lead to dental decay. They advise the parents on about appropriate foods and snacks and feeding practices.
Preventive orthodontics focuses on identifying and elimination of factors that cause a bad bite or malocclusion. Malocclusion is commonly seen in children from the age of 1 to 3. Parents should be notified to identify the chances of malocclusion at these stages. They tend to believe that a well-aligned deciduous tooth means a good occlusion. However, a well-aligned deciduous tooth means the jaw size and tooth size is not coordinating. Experts of Smile and Glow clinic help to correct the malocclusion of the permanent tooth that erupts from the age of six.
Smile and glow also offer corrections in the oral cavity functions of children such as Respiration, Mastication, and Swallowing. Most often, kids will experience difficulties in breathing as a result of nasal blockage OR swallow food without chewing. Experts of Smile and Glow identifies the source of these problems. Once they identify the reason, treatments are suggested with the help of paediatric ENT experts.
Managing teeth avulsion
Avulsion is defined as complete displacement of a tooth out of its socket. In some cases children may lose their permanent teeth due to an injury or due to oral diseases. The sooner you replant the avulsed permanent teeth the greater chance for a favorable outcome. Smile and Glow provides the perfect management of tooth avulsion in children.
Tooth polishing helps to prevent teeth problems in children. It makes teeth appear whiter, stain-free, and glistening. This procedure improves dental health and aesthetics of the teeth by removing plaque from above and below the gum line.
Maintaining a healthy gums and teeth is very important for your children's oral health. Children are more prone to develop oral diseases and infections. A fluoride application can protect your child's teeth from harmful infections. Fluoride application can help to prevent tooth decay, slow it down, or stop it from getting worse. Fluoride is a mineral that can strengthen tooth enamel
A serial extraction is a guided, progressive removal of deciduous teeth during the transition from primary to permanent dentition to promote eruption of teeth through the gingiva and reduce the severity of crowding.
This process provides a proper eruption of permanent tooth into its space where normal eruption fails to achieve it.
Identifying and correcting the habits
Children tend to develop unhealthy oral habits overtime. These habits include Bruxism, lip biting, tongue thrusting, thumb sucking, mouth breathing, etc. Most often, these habits stop by the age of three to four. But, if this habit continues after the eruption of permanent teeth it can change the patterns of the jaw and affect the alignment of the teeth. These changes must be corrected from the early stages itself.
Some children may have a condition called mouth breathing. A blockage in the nasal cavity may be the reason for this. It can also be a sign of airway obstruction that could have negative growth effects. Smile and Glow helps to detect and treat the condition at its early stage.
Smile and Glow clinic offers a thorough examination every six months to evaluate the growth of the facial structure and provides corrective treatments for misaligned structure. Smile and glow also offer growth modulation procedures for children with upper and lower joint deficits. Disease management methods offered by Smile and Glow dental clinic conveys the parents information and strategies for effective oral hygiene practices for their children.Authored By : Dr. S. Hemamalathi and Dr. K. S Senthil Kumar