What is Fluoride?
Dental decay is a continuous disease in our mouth. Fluoride is an element in nature that can slow or stop the dental decay. Fluorides can be found in many natural things like the water we drink and the food we eat.
Where is fluoride found?
Other means of fluoride supplements.
How fluoride act on teeth?
Fluoride that is absorbed by your body is used by the cells that build your teeth to make stronger enamel and fluoride that is applied to the outside of the enamel, makes the crystals that form enamel more durable. Tooth enamel crystals that have fluoride are much more resistant to acid. They are less likely to breakdown and cause the tooth surface to become porous.
Infants are at a very high risk of dental decay. You should get your child at the age of 6 to 12 months to have a dental check-up and have his/her first fluoride treatment.
How many times in a year is this treatment necessary?
We may recommend that your child receive fluoride varnish treatments twice a year.
Is Fluoride Varnish Safe?
Fluoride varnish is safe and used by dentists all over the world to help prevent tooth decay in children
How Do I Care for My Child's Teeth After Fluoride Varnish is Applied?
Your child can eat and drink right after the fluoride varnish is applied. But only give your child soft foods and cold or warm (not hot) foods or liquids. Do not brush teeth for at least 4 to 6 hours. Remind your child to spit when rinsing, if he knows how to spit.
A Final Note…
If you have any further questions about FLOURIDES, please ask us. Fluorides are a proven technique that may be suitable for preventing decay. Our goal is to help preserve smile over your child’s face throughout a lifetime, and fluorides help make that possible.
What are pit and fissure?
On the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and mainly molars) there are deep pits and grooves called “fissures”. These are so narrow that even the toothbrush bristles or a stream of water cannot clean them. This means that bacteria can live in large quantities in these pits and fissures. As a result, tooth decay often begins here.
How to prevent the pits and fissures from decaying?
“Prevention is better than cure!” Children have teeth with very deep pit and fissures on the chewing surface (especially when the teeth are just erupted in the mouth). This makes them more prone to decay as it is difficult for a child to keep it clean and maintained. Hence we should have these fissures sealed with the “SEALANT” at the earliest.
How is it done?
How long do they last once done?
They usually last up quite long. Regular check-ups are required to ensure that they are not chipped off or worn out. We can repair by adding more sealant material if we find its chipped off from certain area.
What is right age to apply sealant for child?
6 years is the age when 1st permanent teeth starts erupting and at 12 years 2nd molar erupts. So best time to apply sealant is at 6-7 years and later at 12-13 years.
A Final Note…
If you have any further questions about sealants, please ask us. Sealants are a proven technique that is best way to prevent top surface cavity. Our goal is to help preserve your child’s smile throughout a lifetime, and sealants help make that possible. Applying sealants is a quick, easy and totally painless procedure. Sealants along with proper brushing, Diet control, Regular Biannual check-ups and Fluoride application will help to achieve decay-free teeth.
What is a space maintainer?
Space maintainers are appliances used to maintain the space created by the loss of a milk tooth so that the space can be retained for the eruption of the permanent tooth.
Why is a space maintainer required?
If your child loses a baby tooth early through decay or injury, the child’s other teeth could shift and begin to fill the vacant space. When your child’s permanent teeth emerge, there’s not enough room for them due to this. The result is crooked or crowded teeth and this causes difficulties with chewing or speaking and over all maintaining teeth clean.
How does space maintainer work?
What is the benefit of space maintainer?
Save space and serves as a guide for proper eruption of the adult teeth.
May reduce or eliminate future need for braces.
Will this device hurt my child in the gums?
No, this is a very small device which will be made according to precise measurements of your child’s teeth. Initial discomfort present after placement usually becomes comfortable in 3-4 days.
Is this appliance fixed or removable?
we prefer giving fixed appliance as removable one are difficult for kids to handle.
Will my child be able to eat after we put this in his mouth?
Yes, definitely. The child initially will have some amount of discomfort but they usually get adjusted to the appliance in a few days. Sticky and hard crunchy food is to be avoided to prevent its breakage.
Does this appliance stay life time in my child’s mouth?
No, after we place this appliance we shall give you a time period as when you need to visit us for its removal. Regular clinical as well as Xray helps us to evaluate the time for its removal.
What if we want to avoid the space maintainer?
If the milk tooth gets decayed immediately visit us so that we can save it with filling or root canal treatment. But if we have to remove the tooth due to its large decay, space maintainer is very much necessary to avoid space loss for the permanent teeth.