Dental treatments like root canals and coloured bonding aren’t just for adults. In fact, children sometimes require the same dental treatments that adults routinely get — though not always for the same reasons. For example, an adult may need a root canal to save a permanent tooth that’s in danger of being lost due to trauma or extensive decay. But since a primary (baby) tooth will be shed anyway, why go to the same trouble for it?One reason is that the primary teeth function as guides for the permanent teeth, which are forming beneath them. Saving a baby tooth now aids in maintaining proper tooth spacing, and may help prevent a future malocclusion (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) — which could require costly orthodontic treatment later. Likewise, the application of dental sealants — plastic coatings that fill in tiny pits and crevices in the teeth that are prone to cavities — can prevent decay from gaining a foothold in the mouth.
Minor fractures or chips in the teeth, whether they result from sports injuries or simple childhood exuberance, are often repairable with tooth-colored bonding materials. These can be used successfully on primary or permanent teeth and are nearly indistinguishable from natural teeth — so there’s no reason to delay treatment. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dentistry and Oral Health for Children.”
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Early Milestones for Your Child’s Teeth
Your child’s babyhood won’t last forever — and neither will the baby teeth. Yet those primary teeth will be there for most of childhood, and they’ll set the stage for the permanent teeth that follow. That’s why it’s important to care for them just as you care for your grown-up teeth.You probably know that of your child’s 20 baby teeth, the first set usually appears at around six to nine months. She may have four — or even more — by the time her first birthday rolls around. And that’s just when the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends you bring her in for her first dental examination. Your dentist can check for cavities and proper tooth development, teach you how to clean tiny teeth effectively, and help get her started on the lifelong practice of good oral hygiene.
By the age of two, as more teeth are erupting in the mouth, it’s time to establish a regular daily brushing routine. A small, soft-bristled toothbrush with just a tiny dab of fluoridated toothpaste is best. From that point until age six or so, your child may need help learning to brush properly. And this is just the time for you to lay down a foundation of beneficial oral health habits that will carry through her lifetime. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dentistry and Oral Health for Children.”
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