Pediatric Dentistry is the provision of dental care and treatment for infants, children and adolescents. The pediatric dentist focuses on preventive care to help each child grow a healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Moumneh Dental Polyclinic makes the trip to the dentist a calm, pleasant experience so the chold will have no fear. That's why the doctor takes extra time to build rapport and earn confidence with the kids. It makes the experience easier for everyone.
Early Childhood Caries
Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is called early childhood caries. It happens when teeth are in contact with sugary liquids often or for long periods of time. These liquids include fruit juice, soda and other sweetened liquids. Early childhood caries can destroy the teeth of an infant or young child.
That is how healthy baby teeth look like:
Below is a moderate decay of baby teeth:
That is how severe decay looks like and should be treated immediately:
Ways to Prevent Early Decay
- Do not let your child sip constantly on drinks with sugar
- Babies and toddlers should finish their naptime and bedtime bottles before going to bed
- Encourage your child to drink from a cup by his or her first birthday
- If your child uses a pacifier, don't dip it in sugar or honey, or put it in your mouth before giving it to the child. The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth can be passed to your baby
- After each feeding, wipe you infant's gums with a clean, damp washcloth or gauze pad. Once the first tooth appears, brush your infant's teeth twice daily with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush. Visit the dentist by your child's first birthday. Consider this a "well-baby checkup" for your child.
Some children can become anxious when they see the dentist. As a result, they may not be able to relax or sit still long enough to receive treatment.The dentist may suggest giving these children a form of medicine that can help them to relax. This is called "conscious sedation". The child will be able to respond to voices or stimulation and will maintain his or her protective reflexes.Conscious sedation may be used when a child requires a lot of dental treatment or has special needs. The conscious sedation used at Moumneh Dental Polyclinic is inhaling a gas which is a nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas.
Sometimes a child needs to be unconscious in order for the dentist to safely complete needed dental treatment. General anesthesia puts a child into a deep sleep. He or she is unable to feel pain or to move around. General anesthesia is done in a hospital. Your child will go home the same day. The dentist may recommend general anesthesia if the child:
- Can't relax or calm down enough for treatment to be performed safely, even with conscious sedation
- Needs oral surgery or other dental treatment that would be difficult for the child to tolerate while awake
- Needs a lot of dental work that can best be done in one long appointment
- Has a disability that limits his or her ability to understand directions and be treated safely in the dental office