Category: Children’s Dentistry

The long term advantages of looking after children’s teeth

Looking after children’s teeth Glasgow must start at a very young age and the dental advice is for parents to give their babies gums a wipe once a day with a damp cloth even before teeth appear. Apart from cleaning their gums this gets them used to someone attending to the interior of their mouths. Once the first milk teeth arrive normally at about six months old, parents should gently start brushing those teeth with a very soft bristle brush. Brushing the teeth gently for about two minutes at specific times of the day, one of those being before bed at night, establishes a routine. It is recommended to only use children’s toothpaste containing no less than one thousand ppm.

First visit to the dentist

The sooner a child can experience a visit to the dentist the greater the chances of their dental experience being pleasant. A rule of thumb is about six months after the appearance of the first milk teeth. Regular six monthly visits thereafter will eventually become part of the automatic routine as they grow up.

Early dental care prevents later despair

Looking after children’s teeth Glasgow  provides the ideal surroundings for a calm and stress free visit. It takes dedicated staff who are trained at looking after children’s teeth Glasgow to be able to help young patients to feel relaxed in a dental surgery environment. Attending to the dental requirements of children needs a different approach to dealing with adults and for this reason staff are particularly careful of the words they use when talking to children. We understand that no child is born being fearful of the dentist so we need to maintain that positive attitude. It is necessary to instill a home from home type of environment so normally a play area is available for them to relax. Those first visits will mostly be more about meeting the dental staff and having a basic dental examination. Sometimes it is possible to spot problems early, like teeth not growing straight or a jawline that might be slightly misaligned. That is the whole point of introducing children to the dentist early ensuring that as they grow so their teeth and gums will be well maintained.

What do dentists look for when treating children

When young patients are brought to the dentist it is a great opportunity to assess the child’s reaction to the dental environment. Sitting in a chair that moves can be fun but how do they react to the big overhead light and the various bits of equipment. A dentist will probably not even switch on the drill until the fourth or fifth visit. A child’s body language speaks volumes and the dentist will be able to quickly identify if a child is relaxed, agitated or scared. Obviously crying is a huge indicator but shaking and restlessness are all signals that more needs to be done to calm the child.

Creating trust

In many cases a dentist will invite a parent or an older sibling to sit in the dental chair on the first or second visit if the child does not look relaxed enough. There are many ways that the experienced dental team can progress a child patient to a relaxed patient. Encouraging a child to rinse their mouth without having had any treatment helps to promote trust. The most important outcome is that a child patient grows into a comfortable and relaxed adult patient. All a dentist wants to achieve is a community with healthy teeth and gums and starting young is the key.

Children’s teeth, care is important

Some people have the mistaken belief that they don’t need to worry too much about the state of their kids’ teeth because it won’t be too long before the adult set comes through, so any decay will just fall out with the baby teeth. It’s a gamble and not one we think you should take.

Looking after children’s TeethMore decay than adults

Here’s the thing: children’s teeth are far more susceptible to decay than adult teeth for two reasons. Firstly, youngsters are still developing their brushing skills, which are limited because having to stand still for two minutes twice a day and brush goes against every fibre of the being of your average race-around kid. So, they rush brushing and miss bits because they are still learning how to hold a brush as well as stand still for two minutes. Secondly, children ingest far more sugar than adults. They are on the squashes and juices while we are experimenting with boutique gins. They also eat more sugary snacks, and even healthy ones, like raisins cause problems because they cling to the teeth, giving bacterial plaque a long feast, enabling them to produce even more decay-causing acids.

Why decay is so harmful for kids

The reason why looking after children’s teeth is so important and we can’t just let a bit of decay slide because the teeth will fall out anyway, is that underneath those dispensable kids’ teeth are adult teeth, and decay can leap-frog from one to the other. So, your child might have teeth come through that already have serious decay issues going on.

How to protect against decay

We have two ways here at Dental FX in Glasgow to help protect your children’s teeth. Dr Nahida Roy can use fluoride treatments to mineralise the teeth. The fluoride is painted on and helps strengthen teeth against decay. As well as this, Dr Roy can coat the back teeth with fissure sealants. These are painted onto the chewing surfaces of the teeth and act as a barrier against decay-causing acids.

We can also help teach your children how to brush their teeth and our fun children’s area will help them learn that going to the dentist is a positive experience.

Caring for children’s teeth in Glasgow

Good oral hygiene habits are acquired over time. Caring for children’s teeth is an important part of keeping their bodies healthy and it’s never too early to get started. Ideally, children should visit the dentist as soon as their first teeth erupt and that’s because healthy baby teeth set the stage for strong permanent teeth.

At Dental FX, we are passionate about preventive dentistry and we love receiving young patients to our practice. Looking after children’s teeth in Glasgow is what we do well and we have a dedicated children’s area in our practice, where children can relax while waiting to see the dentist. Dr Nahida Roy, has a friendly and relaxed manner and being a mother of two herself, she knows how important it is to take good care of children’s teeth and gums. If a child seems to be at risk for cavities or other problems, we recommend fluoride applications or dental sealants.

Childrens Dentistry in GlasgowFluoride applications

Dental fluoride treatment is one of the most effective ways to prevent tooth decay and prevent good oral health in children. Fluoride plays an important role in preventing tooth decay, which is why you can find it in most toothpastes and added to drinking water in some regions. Studies have shown that fluoride applications at the dentist are both safe and effective in decreasing cavities and preventing tooth decay. Fluoride acts as a shield against acid attacks caused by sugars and plaque bacteria and can be beneficial in controlled doses administered by an experienced dentist.

Dental sealants

Just like fluoride, dental sealants are also effective at keeping plaque bacteria at bay. Although brushing and flossing can remove food particles and plaque effectively, they cannot always reach the back teeth to remove the food and plaque. Sealants protect these hard-to-reach teeth (usually the molars) from tooth decay by keeping out plaque and harmful bacteria.

Children are good candidates for dental sealants, because they are at higher risk of developing decay. Typically, children should have sealants on their permanent molars and premolars as soon as these teeth erupt. This way, dental sealants can protect teeth through the ages 6 to 14, when cavities are more likely form.