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There are good number of reasons why we need to see a 1 yr old baby with teeth or children in the dental office for a check up and cleaning. The reasons are…….
• Instruct the caregiver and child or adolescent in proper oral hygiene techniques.
• Remove microbial plaque, extrinsic stain, and calculus.
• Facilitate the examination of hard and soft tissues.
• Introduce dental procedures to the young child and apprehensive patient.
• Assess patient cooperation. A patient’s risk for cavities.
There are several approaches that dentists and dental hygienists use professionally to remove plaque, stain, and calculus from patients’ teeth.
1.The toothbrush prophylaxis is a procedure wherein primarily a toothbrush and toothpaste are used to remove plaque from tooth surfaces. This is done mainly for infants and babies who are under 3.
2. The rubber cup prophylaxis is a procedure in which primarily a dental polishing paste is applied to tooth surfaces with a rotary rubber cup or rotary bristle brushes to remove plaque and stains from teeth. This procedure is suited better for older children 4 and above.
3.Dental scaling is a procedure in which ultrasonic or hand instruments are used to remove dental calculus and stain. This is done when tartar is present on teeth, which is hard calcified deposit on tooth surfaces due to poor brushing habit and poor oral hygiene.
By cleaning the tooth surfaces through these various approaches, the dental prophylaxis (cleaning) also facilitates the clinical examination and introduces dental procedures to the child.
To all our Ghosts and Goblins,
The Little Teeth Workshop is having our Annual Halloween Buy Back. We will collect unopened candy (no bites please) up-till November 15th. Candies will be sent to the Troops serving our Country. For every pound collected our Ghosts and Goblins will earn $1 per pound.
All parents know teething can be a stressful and trying time filled with sleepless nights. Here are five things parents need to know to navigate the teething landscape, straight from the source – the little tooth that can be a big pain for babies, parents and caregivers alike!
1. You can expect me to show up around the time your little one is 6 – 8 months old. But please have patience! Sometimes I need a little more time, and will arise around 12 – 14 months of age.
2. You will know when I’m about to arrive because your little one might be irritable and attempting to chew on hard objects. I usually show up first in the bottom jaw with a buddy, then my friends, the two top teeth, show up next!
3. The best way to help me introduce myself to your little one is to use a teething ring or gently rub your child’s gums with a cool, wet washcloth with a clean finger.
4. Once I’ve arrived, it’s time to start brushing each morning and night and begin flossing once I’m touching another tooth. This will typically happen around or after age 2. You should supervise brushing until your little one is 7 or 8 years old. Most children will master flossing by age 10.
5. After I appear, it’s time to visit the pediatric dentist! He’ll be able to tell you how to take care of my baby teeth friends and me once we all arrive. Part of keeping us healthy means being prepared for any emergencies – be sure to place this guide on your fridge with your pediatric dentist’s contact information in case I’m knocked out or chipped!