Saturday, 11 November 2017

Pediatric Dentistry - Let Your Little Ones keep Smiling

Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals with the dental problems of children. It is not just dealing with drilling, brushing and flossing it cares the children to smile better.  
Nyle Women's & Children's Superspeciality Hospital, Thrissur, Kerala, India has a separate department to deal with child dentistry.

Teeth Growth in Children

In children, the first teeth erupt about six months of age.  Lower teeth erupt 1 to 2 months before the corresponding upper teeth.  Between the ages of 6 months and 3 years, all of a child’s first 20 primary teeth should come.  Girl’s teeth come a little earlier than a boy’s.  Between the age of 6 and 11-year children lose their 20 primary teeth.  The first permanent molar teeth erupt at the age of six years and they emerge behind the existing primary teeth.  Incisors, canines, and premolars erupt into the gap in the gum left by shed primary teeth. 

Oral care of children

  • It is better to avoid sugary food to babies to keep the baby tooth healthy.
  • Never give sweet drinks in the baby bottle as it is harmful to the teeth.      
  • Avoid the habit of sleeping with a bottle at night. 
  • Teething rings are available for babies with sore gums at the time of teething
  • Make sure that the soothers used are of the correct design otherwise, it will cause ill effects on the tooth
  • Children who start to walk may fall sometimes causing injury to the teeth.  You should bring the child to the dentist.
  • You can start cleaning the teeth as soon as the first tooth appears, as more teeth begin to appear to use a soft brush and water to clean the teeth.
  • Adults should supervise when children start brushing and make them understand the importance of oral care.

Why does baby tooth care?

Baby tooth plays an important role as they give the face its normal appearance and helps in the development of clear speech.  Good nutrition can be attained by good chewing.  They give a healthy start to the permanent teeth.  It is advisable to consult a dentist in every six months.
Nyle Women's & Children's Superspeciality Hospital, Thrissur is specialized in the treatment and care of infants, children, adolescent and adult women.  They provide more than twenty sections of the pediatric department.

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