Pedodontics (Children's dentistry)

Pediatric dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of young people. A program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the needs of infants, children and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs.

Pleasant visits to the dental office promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal, is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth.

Regular check-ups
•   Routine cleaning, fluoride applications, low-dose high-tech digital x-rays
•   Instructions on tooth brushing and diet
•   Sealants
•   Composite (white) fillings
•   Nerve treatments and crowns
•   Extractions and space maintenance
•   Trauma or emergency cases during regular hours and after-hours
•   Consultation
•   Dentistry for special health care needs children
•   Dentistry for medically compromised children

Dental Health Education (DHE)

Children are taught how to brush their teeth properly, how to maintain good oral hygiene, about dietary habits that can cause decay also the importance of reguler check-ups in order to maintain healthy teeth and a good oral hygiene.

 

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Nursing Bottle Caries

This condition happens when the baby is left sleeping with a bottle that contains sugary liquid such as juice, soda or even milk that will cover the teeth with sticky/sweet liquid in a long period of time (all through the night while the child is sleeping). Pedodontist can detect early signs of cavity on your child's teeth.

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Dental Caries

Dental caries is caused by acid that destroys the enamel layer of tooth surface. Once it passes the enamel, it will continue to the inner part of tooth that is more soft and progressive and reaches the nerves that causes toothache. If a cavity is establish, it needs to be treated so that the infection doesn't spread later causing necrosis of the nerve or even swelling of the gum surrounding the tooth (abscess).

 

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Gingivitis in Children

This is the most early sign of periodontal disease because of plaque accumulation on tooth causing gums to be swollen, red and futhermore can become painful.

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Abscess (Gum Swelling)

This condition happens when the tooth nerve has necrosed and decomposed resulting in unpleasant odor (gangren) or pus. Abscess can cause pain, fever and swelling on the area. The pedodontist may then perform root canal treatment and also give medication of antibiotics to eliminate the infection.

 

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Stained Teeth

Stained teeth can be caused by many factors. One of them is due to ineffective brushing or food consumtion that contains too much food colouring or even early signs of cavity. These stains can be removed by the pedodontist.

Permanent stains however are caused by a certain antibiotic medication taken by the mother at pregnancy or the child himself at an early age These stains are inside the tooth structure and can not be removed.

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Necrotic Tooth

When a tooth has changed colour, becoming grey it means that the tooth has necrosed and therefore possibly has an infection inside. The pedodontist will not take the tooth out (extract) but rather will perform a root canal treatment followed by a crown restoration afterwards for better esthetics.

It is important to eliminate the infection because it might effect the growth and development of the permanent tooth bud that hasn't emerged.

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Fluoride Application

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a compound that contains fluorine, a natural element. Using small amounts of fluoride on a routine basis can help prevent tooth decay. In areas where fluoride does not occur naturally, it may be added to community water supplies. Fluoride can be found as an active ingredient in many dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, gels and varnish.

What is topical fluoride?

Topical fluoride is a preventive agent applied to tooth enamel. It comes in a number of different forms. A dental professional places gels or foams in trays that are held against the teeth for up to four minutes. Fluoride varnish is brushed or "painted" on the enamel. Varnish is especially useful for young patients and those with special needs who may not tolerate fluoride trays. Children who benefit the most from fluoride are those at highest risk for decay. Risk factors include a history of previous cavities, a diet high in sugar or carbohydrates, orthodontic appliances, and certain medical conditions such as dry mouth.

 

 
 
 
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