WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR CHILDS' FIRST DENTAL VISIT?
Often, the first visit is simply an introduction to our office. Since every child's comfort level at the dentist is different, we asses each child individually and proceed at the appropriate rate. We understand how very important it is to build a child's trust. As your child's comfort level grows, gentle cleaning and instruction on how to clean your child's teeth at home will also be included.
Your childs' first visit to the dental office is very similar to that of the GP. It is to ensure that all is well with your baby. We will gently look at the jaw and tooth development, examine oral hygiene and ensure your child's proper growth. We will note and discuss habits such as finger and thumb sucking, night bottle feeding and juice bottle sipping which can not only effect your child's jaw and teeth development but can cause tooth decay and loss of tooth enamel. We will help in maintaining your child's oral hygiene and examine for the first signs of tooth decay and provide fluoride treatments.
IS THUMB SUCKING A PROBLEM?
Although thumb and finger sucking are quite normal for infants, they can affect your child's jaw and teeth development. We advise stopping the habit early in the infant stage. The older the child is the harder it will be to stop the habit. When the habit is carried on it ma ybe necessary to have braces to correct teeth and jaw abnormalities. If your child has trouble stopping the habit, your dentist can make and place an appliance that would help stop the habit.
BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY IS PREVENTABLE
Babies who sleep with a baby bottle filled with any sugary drink or who are breast-fed for long periods as they sleep are highly susceptible to tooth decay.
ADVANTAGES OF TOOTH SEALANTS
Sealants are light cured composites, which are placed on the chewing surfaces of a molar. The material flows and seals the deepest parts of the pits and grooves where plaque and sugar accumulate causing cavities. Studies show us that 99% of the chewing surfaces of all molar teeth are filled by the age of 65. Sealants are a protection to prevent this from happening. Sealants provide protection for your child's' teeth at an early age when they have not mastered good oral hygiene and eating habits are not ideal.
WILL FREEZING BE NEEDED?
No, because no tooth structure is removed, a local anesthetic (freezing) is not necessary.
HOW LONG WILL THEY LAST?
Sealants last an average of 2-5 years and can be reapplied at that time. Unfortunately, if there is already some decalcification present the sealant may not hold and a restoration will be required.
WHEN SHOULD SEALANTS BE DONE?
We recommend them as soon as the first molar erupts in the mouth at around six years of age.