We recommend that children visit the dentist when they grow their first teeth (around 6-8 months) or by 1 year of age. While the visit may only involve a brief examination of your child’s teeth, the advice that your dentist gives to you can set up a healthy diet and oral hygiene routine to reduce the risk of cavities. At Oasis, your child’s dental function is of utmost importance to us. We strongly believe that children’s dentistry needs to be preventative in nature, since these procedures are less invasive to the teeth and gums, and are accomplished more easily. Children do their best in new situations using the “show-tell-do” technique. This allows dentistry to be performed in a non-threatening environment and allows children to have better self-esteem and a positive experience. To be most effective, we stress proper brushing, home care, and diet, along with involving parents with diagnosis and treatment. Our practice provides a wide range of dental services for children. We offer many preventive measures to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy, such as sealants and fluoride treatments. We also educate parents in early detection of some common problems children may face, such as thumb sucking, bruxism, and baby bottle tooth decay. We will journey with them, provide them with genuine care, and help them set a solid foundation for a lifetime of great oral health. You can give your child a precious gift that will last throughout their life. You bestow it by first ensuring they receive the utmost in dental care during their formative years. More importantly, you instil in them good oral care habits that will protect their dental health for the rest of their lives.
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Many children can be worried or scared if they are told that they need to get dental fillings or extractions due cavities. Parents as a result, may second-guess themselves on if they truly need the procedure done. Although no parent wants their child to have to undergo any dental procedure that might frighten them or cause discomfort, leaving a small cavity persist can mean more extensive dental work later. If the decay is already large and causing an abscess (gum swelling), your dentist may recommend extraction to remove the cause of infection. Going to a compassionate dentist can alleviate anxieties for both parent and child, here is an outline of what to expect during your child’s visit.
A dental filling is typically crafted out of a composite resin material. This is usually shaded to match the color of a child’s natural teeth making the filling less noticeable. Your dentist may choose a glass ionomer cement (GIC), which is commonly used in children’s fillings and for adults who have high cavity risks. GIC has the advantage of containing fluoride, which can be released to the tooth slowly over time, thereby strengthening the enamel more than composite resins.
Your dentist will determine if your child needs a local anaesthetic for the filling, sometimes when the cavity is small, there is little discomfort during the procedure without local anaesthetic. If the filling is larger, local anesthetic can ensure the procedure is comfortable and stress-free. The decay is then removed from the tooth using a slower speed drill. Once all the decay is removed, the small hole that was created in the tooth is prepped for the filling material. The composite resin is both placed and poured into the small hole and smoothed. The filling is then cured with a specialised light. The entire process generally takes 1 visit, so your child can go home and enjoy the rest of their day!
If your child has a severely decayed tooth with the potential of causing infection to the rest of the body, your dentist may recommend either a baby tooth root canal treatment or an extraction. Local anaesthetic is used to ensure your child is comfortable during the procedure, we may also recommend the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) for your child to feel more at ease. If your child is very anxious, we may refer your child to see a pediatric dentist for general anaesthesia. As a thank you to the children who come to see us, every child gets to pick a toy at the end of any procedure. For extraction cases, we will pack your child’s tooth for the tooth fairy’s visit, and pass you a gold tooth fairy coin as stealthily as we can!
At Oasis Dental, our dentists love children and use positive reinforcement to help guide your child’s behavior with verbal praise and rewards for being a good helper. We practice the “show-tell-do” method, where we will first explain the procedure using photos to your child, let them feel the cleaning instruments, before starting a procedure. We respect their autonomy and earn their trust to work with them. We also encourage little ones to watch how their older siblings enjoy their visits, this will help them gain the confidence to be a great patient too!
We love children and we definitely know that all children are not all alike! Every service is tailored to your child as an individual. Sometimes, however, a child feels anxious during treatment. Your child may need more support than a gentle, caring manner to feel comfortable.
The goals of a sedation are:
Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a safe, effective technique to calm a child’s fear of the dental visit. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is perhaps the safest sedative in dentistry. It is non-addictive. It is mild, easily taken, and then quickly eliminated by the body. Your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes when breathing nitrous oxide/oxygen. However, any respiratory condition that makes breathing through the nose difficult may limit the effectiveness of nitrous oxide/oxygen. It is also not effective for children with severe anxiety, nasal congestion, extensive treatment needs, or discomfort wearing nasal masks.
For children in need of extensive restorative dental work/surgery and who have extreme apprehension, or have special needs; it may be necessary, based on the recommendation of your child’s physician, that their treatment be completed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia. In this case, our dentists would refer you to the appropriate facility.
Thumb and pacifier sucking habits that go on for a long period of time can create crowded, crooked teeth or bite problems. If they are still sucking their thumbs or fingers when the permanent teeth arrive, a mouth appliance may be recommended by your pediatric dentist. Most children stop these habits on their own.
Most children with crooked teeth start on braces at around age 12 after all their milk teeth have been replaced and their second permanent molar comes into the mouth. However, in some children, the jaw is too small to accommodate all the permanent teeth and may benefit by having early treatment to expand the jaws. This involves wearing a simple removable or fixed device which stimulates the jaw to grow. Children who have long lower jaws may also benefit, though these devices (termed functional appliances or orthodontic trainers) are less successful than those used to expand the jaws.
Traditionally, if there is insufficient space in the mouth to accommodate all the adult teeth, the first premolar (4th teeth from the front) are usually removed as that allows enough space for all the teeth to fit into position cosmetically and with a proper biting relationship. However, if we can intervene early enough, jaw expansion rather than extraction is preferred. In addition, with Invisalign® Clear Aligner treatment, we have more options of correcting crowded teeth without extraction. With Invisalign®, we now have the option of expanding the arch size and moving teeth towards the back of the throat to give space for the front teeth to be aligned. Ask your dentist about Invisalign® today!
As a child grows, their smile grows with them. And even with baby teeth, it may be time for children aged 6 to 10 to start orthodontic treatment. This is known as Phase 1 treatment. The goal of Phase 1 treatment is to develop young jaws and arches to make room for existing teeth and for incoming permanent teeth. Options include the traditional Rapid Maxillary Expander, and Invisalign® First, which is a proprietary clear aligner treatment for children. Invisalign® First can be used for children to influence jaw growth and reduce the complexity of teeth alignment treatment in the future. Usually children do not experience much discomfort as their teeth and bone are already growing and moving naturally. Early treatment
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