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Children's Dentistry

When to have the first check up

Babies get their first teeth around 6 months old and it is often a good practice to bring your child along to your check up visits so that they are familiar with the dentist, the nurses and the environment. The child will be more relaxed later on.

It is too often when the first visit to a dentist is because of an abscessed baby tooth and the child's first dental experience is having a needle in the gum and having a tooth pulled out. This is extremely stressful for the child, as well as for the parent and the dentist (believe it or not).

If the problems were detected early at a check up appointment, more conservative treatment would have been possible. If complicated treatment or multiple visits are indicated, we may recommended for the whole treatment to be carried out while the child is under sedation in a hospital environment (President Private Hospital). This will ensure efficient and quality treatment in a controlled setting, and prevent any possible psychological trauma the child may remember.

Protection of Permanent Teeth

The first permanent tooth erupts into the mouth around the age of six. It is the first molar tooth and there is no prior baby tooth loss. It is located at the back of the mouth and therefore is often subjected to decay and infection.

Fissure sealants are highly recommended to protect these new permanent teeth, giving them a good start in life.

Fissures are the grooves that naturally occur on the biting surfaces of molar and premolar teeth. If the fissures are very deep and narrow, toothbrush bristles cannot fit inside to clean out food particles and plaque. Trapped food attract bacteria, which multiply within the fissures and make a sticky coating called plaque. Plaque acids eat into the tooth enamel and cause decay. A fissure is 5 times more likely to develop decay than other tooth surfaces. The best time to apply fissure sealants is immediately after the permanent teeth fully erupt.

Fissure sealants are often resin coatings that fill the fissures and protect teeth from dental plaque and acids. Many researches have shown that fissure sealants are effective in reducing the occurrence of tooth decay. Treatment is painless, non-invasive and much more economic than a filling.