We recommend a first checkup by 12 months old to make certain that teeth and jaw development are normal, and even more importantly so that parents and guardians know how to help their children be healthy from the start.
Guidelines for working with children
- parents / guardians are always welcome in the room
- comfort is always our concern
- parent / guardian consent and guidance are vital, before any procedure
We recommend a first checkup by 12 months. A simple guide for when to schedule a first visit:
- no longer than 6 months after first tooth is erupted
- at least by 12 months old
- as soon as possible if you have any querrie
There is a significant value for early well baby dental checkups. In particular,checkups for very young children address many concerns including teaching adults how to care for their child's teeth and gums, how to help their children learn to care for themselves, answering parents questions and concerns, and planning for future dental health.
Education and prevention are the cornerstones of our concern for the dental health of children. In addition to teaching parents and guardians about dental care for their child, checkups are an appropriate time to comfortably and easily evaluate:
Common Procedures Include
- 2-MIN FLUORIDE APPLICATIONS (For prevention from effects of chocolates; Colas; sticky foods on teeth)
- PIT & FISSURE SEALS (Most recommended way of caries prevention by blocking deep pits & fissures of teeth )
- FLUORIDE FILLINGS (for correction of cavities in milk& permanent teeth)
- ORTHODONTIC ASSESMENT (opinion from specialist Orthodontist whether your child needs Braces?)
- HABIT BREAKING APPLIANCES (For correction of bad habits like Thumb-sucking; Mouth breathing; Tongue -thrusting)
- SPACE MAINTAINERS (To allow permanent tooth to erupt in place if milk tooth has shed off or extracted early.)
- SCALING & POLISHING OF TEETH (to prevent any gum problem)
- COLOURED GLITTERING FILLINGS (Latest Fashion Statement ! in fillings for kids)
Oral Hygiene Information for Your Child
Should I clean my baby's teeth?
Definitely. Even before the first tooth appears, use a soft, clean cloth to wipe your baby's gums and cheeks after feeding. As soon as the first tooth appears, begin using a small, soft bristled tooth brush to clean the tooth after eating. Don't cover the brush with toothpaste. Young children tend to swallow most of the toothpaste, and swallowing too much fluoridated toothpaste can cause permanent spots on their teeth called dental fluorosis.
I find brushing my child's teeth awkward.Any suggestions?
Try having your child lie down. Put your child on your lap or on the floor, keeping his/her head steady with your legs. If your child is standing, have his/her back to you with their head tilted slightly and resting against your body. Have your child hold a mirror while you brush and floss their teeth so your child can see what is being done.
Is it important to brush before bed?
Yes. If you have to miss a brushing, the bedtime one is probably the worst one to miss. If you don't get rid of the bacteria and sugar that cause cavities, they have all night to do harm. While you are awake, saliva helps keep the mouth clean. When you are asleep, there is less saliva produced to clean the mouth. For this reason it is important to brush before bedtime.
How to brush your child's teeth?
Every day plaque forms on the inner, outer, and chewing surface of teeth and the gums. Tooth brushing is one of the most effective ways to remove the plaque.
The best kind of toothbrush to use is one with soft, round-tipped bristles.
A child will need a smaller brush than an adult.
Young children do not have the manual dexterity to brush properly. Your child will need your supervision and help brushing until he or she is 8-10 years old to ensure a thorough brushing has been done.
When the bristles become bent or frayed, a new brush is needed.
Start flossing your child's teeth when the teeth touch each other and you can no longer brush in between them.