As a child, going to the dentist can be a daunting experience. At Dr. Komal Jain & Associates Dentistry, our specially-trained dental staff work together to make children feel right at home!
Your Child's First Visit
On average, a child's first visit to the dentist should be before their first birthday. This allows them to gain familiarity with our friendly dental staff and get a primary examination of their teeth and gums done. The dentist or dental hygienist may also gently clean the child's teeth with a topical fluoride as well as establish a proper oral hygiene routine that parents can do with them at home. These are habits they will carry with them for their whole lives. Learning preventative care helps towards maintaining health and happy smiles.
During your child's first visit, the dentist may also evaluate thumb sucking and other adverse habits, teach your child about cleaning teeth and gums and check to see if your child may need fluoride. Parents should prepare their children for their first dental appointment by talking to them about the dentist, their experience, and how the process is expected to go. We understand that children may experience some dental anxiety before their first visit, which is why our specially trained staff works hard to provide a relaxing and child friendly environment.
Baby Teeth and Risk of Tooth Decay
Baby teeth are very important to your child's health and development. They hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. When a baby tooth is lost too early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty space and make it difficult for other adult teeth to find room when they come in. This can make teeth crooked or crowded. Also, if tooth decay is not prevented, it can be costly to treat, cause pain, and lead to infections. Healthy dental habits should begin early because tooth decay can develop as soon as the first tooth comes in.Nursing Caries
Nursing caries, also called baby bottle tooth decay, is the most common chronic infectious disease of early childhood. Tooth decay can develop when the child’s teeth and gums are exposed to any liquid or food other than water for long periods or frequently throughout the day. The most common way this happens is when parents put their children to bed with a bottle of formula, milk, juice, or soft drinks. It can also occur whe children are allowed to frequently drink anything other than water from a sippy cup or bottle during the day or night.Rampant Caries
Rampant caries is a condition characterized by wide-spread and rapidly growing cavities present in more than 10 teeth in a patient’s mouth. Baby bottle tooth decay is a type of caries developed in early childhood; however, teenagers can be affected too if they regularly drink high-sugar drinks such as soda, sports drinks, or energy drinks.
Adults and the elderly can also experience rampant caries, especially those affected by dry mouth. When saliva production decreases due to aging, radiation therapy or certain medications, the mouth’s ability to fight demineralization is diminished because saliva acts as a natural cleaner of the mouth.
To book an appointment for your child, or for any inquires about dentistry for children, contact Dr. Komal Jain & Associates Dentistry.