Taking care of your child’s teeth since the beginning is imperative to avoid complications later on. Many parents believe that it is okay to neglect their child’s milk teeth as they are temporary. Don’t make that mistake if you don’t want to spend a lot of money on cosmetic dentistry once your child grows up. At Triton Dental, we take care of the child’s teeth since the beginning. With the help of fillings, sealants and crowns, we can protect their teeth against cavities.
Your child’s primary teeth, also known as the baby teeth, begin to emerge anywhere from 5-7 months of age. Although they begin falling out as early as age 5, they last up until your child is anywhere from 11-13 years old. Some parents believe that it is ok if something happens to these teeth because they are not permanent. This is false. It is critical that these teeth are kept healthy and strong. These “space savers” can cause unwanted dental issues with your child’s permanent teeth before they even erupt. White or silver fillings can be used to treat cavities or fractures in milk teeth.
This is how you can take care of your child’s teeth filling:
Make sure that your child does not touch the filling when it is new
Do not give them any hard food for the first 3 hours
Resume normal brushing and flossing after 12 hours
Visit the clinic if the discomfort is persistent
Sealing your child’s teeth can drastically reduce the risk of cavities. Sealants are a flowing fluoride-based filling material. This material then bonds with your child’s teeth, filling any grooves. However, sealant can only be done on healthy teeth. Once cavities have begun to form, sealants are no longer an option.
Dental sealants can be taken care of with just routine oral hygiene practices, like:
Regular brushing, twice a day
Regular flossing for optimal oral health
Use of non-alcoholic mouthwash
Regular dental check-ups
If your child has suffered trauma or an untreated cavity that has resulted in the loss of a large area of a tooth, crowns may be the best option. Stainless steel crowns can restore the integrity and function of a tooth and are advised for areas of the mouth that are not considered aesthetic zones. Traditional crowns are recommended for areas of aesthetic need.
This is how you can take care of your child’s stainless steel dental crowns:
Do not brush the crowned tooth for the first 72 hours
Eat soft food for the first 12 hours
Avoid biting into non-food items
Avoid sticky and hard candies