READJUSTING OUR APPROACH
Tending to a child is never the same as tending to an adult. Children come with their own set of apprehensions which must be taken into account while treating them. Communication is the key here. The Department of Dentistry for Children in Salt Lake and Rajarhatcomprises well-trained doctors to communicate effectively with children and put them at ease. One of our aims is to educate them on the importance of oral hygiene and good habits.
With various behavior guidance techniques in place, we ensure stress-free visits for both the child and the parent.
For example, before we start any appointment, we carefully assess the child’s cooperation level on that day. We incorporate creative solutions like storytelling to engage the child. It is as important to us as it is to you that your child’s dental experiences are relaxing and enjoyable!
Ignoring fundamental dental care in the formative years can lead to serious complications in the future. Dentistry for children begins to get challenging as and how the quantity of work involved increases. To avoid this, we heavily advocate preventive dentistry. We believe children shouldn’t have to experience the pain of tooth decay, damage or sensitivity to warrant a dental visit, when they can be avoided by precautionary measures.
Our Pediatric Dentists administer a teeth cleaning procedure using fluoride gel. They recommend a child get this treatment every 3-6 months. Fluoride increases the inherent strength of the enamel of the tooth decreasing the chances of decay.
Additionally, using sealants in the deep grooves of teeth (which act as catchment for bacteria and food) prevent the formation of cavities, and dental decay. This is a simple 10-minute procedure which, if done regularly, greatly fortifies your child’s dental foundation.
Part of our preventive process is education on at-home dental practices. We educate both the child and the parents regarding proper brushing techniques based on the age of the child. Our specialists also offer diet modification counseling to ensure that foods injurious to dental health are eliminated.
It is a common misconception that milk teeth don’t need dental attention as they are meant to fall off and give way to permanent teeth. This is far from the truth. Milk teeth are natural space maintainers, which are vital to a child’s oral maturation. They are essential in developing the child’s occlusion, for chewing, and for speech development. If infected before their time of exfoliations, milk teeth can cause a lot of damage.
We offer a comprehensive range of treatments, which ensure total infection control. This prevents decay from percolating into permanent teeth.
RESTRAINT ON ANTIBIOTICS AND UNNECESSARY MEDICATIONS
We have a very strong view on the abuse of antibiotics. We vow never to prescribe antibiotics or any medications unless absolutely necessary. Unwarranted medications come with several side effects, and we would never jeopardize your child’s well-being, since most infections can be treated effectively at the source (teeth).
STRICT STERILIZATION PROTOCOLS
We follow with utmost precision, the most rigorous sterilization processes in order to prevent secondary and cross infections. Our standards of sterilization are in accordance with international protocols?
DECAY CONTROL IN A GROWING CHILD’S JAW
Very often, teeth can decay to a point where basic remedial measures like cavity fillings may not be enough. If allowed to go unchecked the infection breaches the hard structures of the teeth and reached the pulp of the tooth which has a network of blood vessels. For adults, decay of this stage would require a root canal treatment. For children however, this can be treated by a simple pulpectomy procedure followed by a crown which restores the shape and function of the tooth.
INDIRECT PULP CAPPING, FILLINGS, FLUORIDE RELEASING FILLINGS
Apart from infection control, our preventative measures prevent the decay of teeth. Filling the teeth with white, tooth friendly, fluoride-releasing materials prevents decay to reach the core of the tooth (pulp). This not only spares your child from unnecessary pain, but the fluoride release maintains the tooth’s inherent strength.
ESTHETICS FOR LITTLE TEETH
There is nothing more precious than the smile of a child. Rampant decay in the front teeth can hamper a child’s self-esteem and leave them feeling low in confidence. Here, we can design a brand-new smile for your child by rectifying the damage done by decay. This also helps with speech development.
Rectifying habits like thumb sucking and mouth breathing at an early stage can prevent crooked teeth, and subsequently eliminate the need for braces altogether. We recognize conditions like sleep apnea which are the root cause of habits such as mouth breathing. While mouth breathing may not seem like a critical problem, it actually affects a child’s sleep pattern, the regulation of oxygen in their system as well as their concentration level in school. Counseling the parents about such habits is a part of our pre-orthodontic approach to ensure healthier smiles for children.
Children are fairly active by nature, which sometimes causes them to have minor accidents. Fracturing of the front teeth, permanent tooth fall out or even chipping off of teeth can be traumatic experiences for children. Our pediatric dentists are well equipped to promptly deal with such situations. We aim to either place the fallen tooth back into the jaw, or build the bone structure in a seamless manner, so that the child is never conscious of the lost tooth.
We have an esteemed panel of highly trained orthodontists who provide fixed, semi-fixed and removable orthodontic care for children of all age groups, starting as early as 4 years of age for the correction of non-aligned teeth. A lot of parents reserve orthodontic care for their children till their permanent teeth erupt. We however, believe that we can straighten crooked teeth at all age groups for our young patients.