Knowing answers to these
questions and taking appropriate actions can help your
kids teeth healthy & cavity free. In addition you will
reduce future chance of tooth disharmony when they get
The timing of
the first visit to the dentist is a little
controversial. The American Academy of paediatric
dentistry states that children should see a dentist when
they get their first tooth and not later than 1 year of
age. In contrast, according to the American academy of
paediatrics, unless your child has risks factors for
having, problems with his teeth, such as sleeping with a
bottle ,teeth staining, thumb sucking, tooth decay etc.
The first visit to the dentist should be by around the
don t necessarily need to brush them yet, you should
start cleaning your infant's teeth as soon as he gets
his first tooth. At first you can just use a wash cloth
to clean your infants teeth, as he gets more, you can
use a soft children's tooth brush.
recommend fluoridated tooth paste for children that are
not in habit of swallowing it or asks. Their parents
should provide little amount of tooth paste (pea size)
if they are in habit of swallowing. Non fluoridated
tooth paste is advisable ,such as Oragel tooth & gum
cleanser, until they are spitting the tooth paste out.
Try to encourage your child to do so.
Fluoridated water is available in areas where there is
shortage of Fluoride in drinking water. If you use tap
water there is no need to worry about fluoride content
of drinking water, If you filter tap water make sure, it
doesn't filter out fluoride, Contact the company that
supplies the filter and make sure.
Fissure Sealant Therapy
A sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the
teeth of school aged children. It provides a barrier
against plaque & other harmful substances in areas of
tooth that are not cleanable. Sealant can be applied on
first & second permanent molars & appropriate premolars
as soon as possible, after they erupt in oral cavity.
SM is an intra oral device that maintains the space that
is required for eruption of permanent teeth. A deciduous
tooth ,in addition to it's function in mastication plays
an important role in keeping the space for eruption of
it's subcutaneous permanent tooth.
An space maintainer is an intra oral device that
reproduce or regains the lost space of a deciduous
tooth. Eruption of a permanent tooth into a shortened
space of a deciduous tooth will not happen. A common
reason for lost of deciduous space in children are early
lost & existing decay in between deciduous teeth.