Oral Health for Children in Delhi

Oral Health for Children in Delhi

Overview

Tooth decay is the most prevalent ongoing illness among children in India. When left untreated, cavities can result in pain, infection, and problems with eating, speaking, learning, and playing. Children with poor dental health tend to miss more school and get lower grades than their cavity-free peers.

  • Over 50% of 6-8 year olds have cavities in their baby teeth.
  • Over 50% of 12-19 year olds have cavities in their permanent teeth.
  • Kids from low-income families are twice as likely to get cavities compared to well-off kids.

Thankfully cavities are avoidable. Fluoride treatments from pediatric dentists in Delhi prevent 33% of cavities in little teeth. Fluoridated tap water also reduces cavities. Daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste under the guidance of child dentists in Delhi keeps cavities at bay too.

Dental sealants from pediatric dentists in Dwarka block 80% of cavities by protecting chewing surfaces.

Oral Hygiene for Kids

Proper brushing with fluoride toothpaste prevents cavities.

Under 3 Years

  • Start cleaning baby teeth as soon as the first one erupts, around 6 months.
  • Parents should brush baby’s teeth twice daily for 2 minutes with fluoride children’s toothpaste.
  • Brush before bedtime and once more daily.
  • Use toothpaste with at least 1000ppm fluoride unless a dentist recommends 13500-1500ppm.
  • Ensure kids don’t eat toothpaste.

3-6 Years

  • Brush at least twice daily for 2 minutes with fluoridated children’s toothpaste.
  • Brush before bed and once more each day.
  • Parents should continue brushing their kids’ teeth.
  • Use children’s toothpaste with 1000ppm fluoride unless a dentist advises 13500-1500ppm.
  • Use just a pea-sized amount.
  • Spit after brushing instead of rinsing to maximize fluoride benefits.

Over 7 Years

  • Brush twice daily for 2 minutes with 13500-1500ppm fluoride toothpaste.
  • Brush before bed and once more each day.
  • Spit after brushing instead of rinsing.

Kids over 7 can brush independently but need monitoring to ensure proper technique and duration.

oral health for childrenWhat Parents Can Do

  • Wipe baby gums morning and night to remove bacteria and sugars.
  • Begin brushing with plain water when teeth emerge.
  • See a pediatric dentist in Delhi by age 1 to get guidance and spot problems early.
  • Discuss fluoride varnish with your dentist once the first tooth appears.
  • Help children brush properly with fluoride toothpaste until age 6.
  • Have child dentists in Delhi apply protective sealants.
  • Give fluoridated tap water.

Visiting the Pediatric Dentist

  • Children get free or affordable dental care.
  • Bring babies to meet the pediatric dentist and get comfortable.
  • Make dental visits fun instead of scary.
  • Take your child for regular dental check-ups as advised by the dentist.

Fluoride and Sealants from Pediatric Dentists

  • Dental sealants applied by pediatric dentists coat the chewing surfaces of permanent back teeth when they start coming in around 6-7 years old. This plastic shield keeps food and bacteria out of the grooves and prevents decay for 5-10 years.
  • Fluoride varnish painted on by the best child dentists strengthens tooth enamel. Applications every 6 months reduce the risk of cavities in both baby and adult teeth. Some kids may need more frequent fluoride.
  • Pediatric dentists recommend fluoride varnish at least twice annually starting at age 3. However, younger children can also benefit from fluoride if their dentist advises it.

Discuss fluoride varnish and sealants with your child’s dentist to optimize their oral health.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?

Your child’s first dental visit should be scheduled by their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first. Early dental care sets the foundation for a lifetime of oral health.

How can I prepare my child for their dental appointment?

It’s essential to keep the conversation positive and age-appropriate. Explain that the dentist will check their teeth and keep them healthy. Avoid using negative words or phrases.

Are baby teeth important, and should they be treated?

Baby teeth are crucial for speech development, chewing, and guiding permanent teeth into place. If your child has dental issues, they should be treated to prevent future complications.

Do you offer sedation for pediatric dental procedures?

Yes, we offer safe and monitored sedation options to help children relax during dental procedures, especially if they have dental anxiety or require extensive treatment.

How can I help my child maintain good oral hygiene at home?

Encourage regular brushing and flossing, limit sugary snacks and drinks, and lead by example with your own oral hygiene habits. Regular dental visits are also crucial for early prevention and intervention.

Our vision

We embrace change and creativity to deliver the best practical outcomes.We strive to exceed expectations and be the best that we can be, maintaining the highest level of quality.

Our misson

Our mission as a dental team is to work together as a unit to provide the best dental care available for all ages, caring for them as we would family members. We treat our patients with patience and kindness.

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