We recommend a check- up every 6 months for your children. This will include an exam, necessary X-rays as determined by the doctor, cleaning, and fluoride treatment. Children tend to have poor coordination and attention span to properly take care of daily hygiene. They need help from their parents to effectively clean their teeth everyday, and their dentist’s monitoring at 6-months checkups to ensure healthy teeth. When your child starts having teeth, he or she should be taken to the dentist for a well-baby checkup. One of the more common dental diseases for young children of ages 1 to 5 is Early Childhood Caries. It is usually brought about by prolonged use of formula bottles or sippy cups during each day or night with little or no home care of the teeth by the parents. If untreated, your child will lose some or all the teeth prematurely. Early Childhood Caries can be prevented with proper home care and routine dental checkups.
We are not a Pediatric Dental Practice, and while we may see cooperative and well-mannered children of all ages, we may refer you to a Pediatric Dentist when necessary so that your child may receive the treatment he or she needs without harm.
Just like adult teeth, children’s teeth can get cavities. If the cavities have not gotten too large, these teeth can be restored with fillings.
Root Canal Therapy and Crowns
There is a common misconception that since these are baby teeth and they will eventually fall out. Therefore, many parents believe that it does not require as much care as the permanent teeth.
The fact is that these baby teeth can, and will, hurt your child as much as a permanent teeth, if they get large cavities or become infected. These baby teeth, which are called primary teeth, serve as the reference guide for the permanent teeth that will be erupting later in your child’s life. These teeth are on its own schedule to fall out naturally. On average, your child’s last primary teeth may not fall out until he or she is 11 or 12. If these primary teeth are lost too early due to cavities or trauma, it can block the permanent teeth from coming in the right place. The end result is your child not having all the permanent teeth erupted or needing to get the orthodontic work (braces) to correct the misaligned (crooked) teeth.
Root canals and crowns are done on the primary teeth, which have cavities large enough to invade into the pulp (nerve) and cause pain, in order to preserve them in your child’s mouth pain free for as long as possible so that the above mentioned problems could be avoided. Root canal on primary teeth are different from the root canals of the adult teeth and are less traumatic to the child than taking the teeth out.
Sometimes the primary teeth cannot be saved with root canal therapy and crown. Your child’s face may be swollen with out-of-control infection, for example. Or your child may have had trauma to his or her tooth from a fall and has become infected after a long period of time. These teeth needs to be removed as soon as possible to avoid further spread of infection to your child.
When losing of your child’s primary teeth too early cannot be avoided, we recommend getting a space maintainer for the missing-tooth area so that the permanent tooth eruption in that area will not be affected. Not everyone needs this and your dentist will determine it for your child if the situation arise.
These are the last molars your child will get as the or she enters into their late teens. Most of the times, there is not enough room to accommodate these teeth, leading to impaction and pain. It is recommended that these be removed with an oral surgeon early on to avoid infection and swelling that can disrupt your child’s high school life or college life while away from home.
If your child plays contact sports at school, we recommend getting a sportsguard to protect their teeth while they enjoy their games. It is a simple plastic piece that comfortably fits onto their upper teeth, but as with any other mouth prosthesis, it requires initial learning period to get used to.