FAQ’s on Kids Dentistry
At what age should I first consult the dentist?
It is a good idea to take the child to a dentist when the first tooth erupts or by age 1.
How often should I take my child to the dentist?
Regular visits to the dentist every 6 months is necessary to provide adequate preventive care to the child.
Are spaces between teeth normal in children?
It is normal to find spaces between the milk teeth in children. These spaces are necessary to accommodate the bigger permanent teeth later on. Else, lack of space will lead to crowded permanent teeth.
At what age do the permanent teeth start appearing?
The permanent teeth start erupting by about 6 years of age. Most of the permanent teeth erupt by 12 years of age except the wisdom teeth.
How to cope with teething?
Teething can cause a lot of discomfort to the child. Teething Gels can be massaged over the gums to bring relief. Teethers of different types are also available. Ensure that the teethers and other objects used are clean; else they can harvest bacteria leading to diarrhea, vomiting and fever.
How do we clean infant's teeth?
Infant's teeth can be cleaned with a soft cloth wrapped around the index finger. Wet the cloth and rub gently over the teeth to clean them. Infant finger brushes are also available.
At what age do we start using the toothbrush?
You can introduce a baby- size tooth brush around 12 months of age. Parental participation is necessary at this age.
What types of pastes are best for children?
Initially for a toddler, a wetted toothbrush is sufficient to brush the teeth. Start with non-fluoridated toothpaste until the child has learnt how to rinse and spit it out. Once he is 3 years of age, introduce fluoridated toothpaste.
How many times should the child brush his teeth?
It is a good habit to brush the teeth both in the mornings and at night. Ask your dentist about the right brushing technique.
Why do teeth get cavities?
The reasons can be many. Bad oral hygiene, stagnation of food around the teeth, presence of plaque, deep grooves on the grinding surface of the teeth can all harbor bacteria and lead to tooth decay.
What is Baby bottle tooth decay?
This is also called as early childhood caries or nursing bottle caries. It occurs when a baby's teeth are in frequent contact with sugars from fruit juices, milk, formula or giving a bottle throughout the night.
How can this be avoided?
- Do not nurse the baby continuously throughout the night while sleeping.
- Strictly avoid sugary liquids at bedtime.
- Use a wet cloth or gauze to wipe your child's teeth and gums after each feeding.