At SCDOC we aim to to provide you a complete dental family experience. We are pleased to welcome you and your child to SCDOC. Our dental team uses every means to provide your child with the highest quality of dental treatment, in a very gentle & efficient manner.
Our mission at SCDOC is prevention of dental disease and improving and maintaining optimum oral health of infants, children, teenagers. We recognize the need for a more modern approach to caring for children and adolescents oral health. Instead of traditional practice of just drill and fill cavities, we believe in a proactive method centered around prevention and education.
Good oral health practices should begin in infancy and continue throughout adult life. In your child’s early years, you must provide this care. Later you will need to instruct, monitor and motivate your child to help maintain good oral health habits. Attitudes and habits established at an early age are critical in maintaining good oral health throughout life.
Below we have listed some suggestions to help prepare your child for a visit to the dentist.
Let your child know that this visit to the dentist is a way of showing that he/she is growing up and that the care of the teeth is a joint responsibility between the child and the dental team.
Try not to scare your child or let them hear "horror" stories about the dental office. Because of the establishment of many new dental techniques, pain should not be a part of the dental experience.
Discuss dentistry in a positive way. Several excellent children's books describe a visit to the dentist and can help introduce your child to the experience.
Answer questions your child may have honestly but not too specifically. Avoid using words like " shot", "pull", "drill", or "hurt". If your child should ask questions that you would rather not answer, just tell them the doctor will answer them at the office.
Let your child know that you will be allowed in the treatment room if you choose. If you accompany your child, avoid repeating the dentist's orders. This distracts the child and prevents the dentist from communicating effectively with your child.
Tips for parents and caregivers:
Take your child to see the dentist regularly, beginning by the child’s first birthday.
Put only water in a child’s naptime or bedtime bottle after one year of age to prevent baby bottle tooth decay.
Start brushing the child’s teeth with water as soon as the first tooth appears.
Start flossing when two of the child’s teeth begin to touch.
Brush and floss your child’s teeth daily until they can be taught to do this alone with supervision.
Make certain your child gets the right amount of fluoride needed for decay-resistant teeth. Ask your dentist how this can be done. we recommend fluoride toothpaste after one and half years of age (just a touch).
Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a thin protective barrier that shields the chewing surface of back teeth against tooth decay.
And make sure your children wear mouth guards when ever involved in any outside activity. Mouth guards could be purchased at any local sports store or contact us for a custom made set.
DENTAL CARE FOR YOUR BABY
When should my child first see a dentist?
“First visit by first birthday” sums it up. Your child should visit a pediatric dentist
when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age. Early
examination and preventive care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future.
Why so early? What dental problems could a baby have?
The most important reason is a practical prevention program. Dental problems can
begin early. A big concern is nursing or baby bottle tooth decay. Your baby risks severe decay when he or she nurses continuously from the breast or from a bottle of milk, formula or juice during naps or at night. Another concern is gum disease.
Recent studies show nearly half of all children aged two and three have at least mild
inflammation of gums tissues.
Any advice on teething?
From six months to age three, your child may have sore gums when teeth erupt.
many babies like a clean teething ring, cool spoon or cold wet wash cloth. Some
parents swear by a chilled teething ring; others simply rub the baby’s gums with a
How can I prevent tooth decay from nursing or bottle?
Don’t nurse your child to sleep or put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk, formula,
juice, or sweetened liquid. Use only water in the bottle or sippy cup.
Check with your pediatric dentist to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride for
decay protection. Lastly, learn how to brush and floss your child’s teeth.
Should I worry about thumb or finger sucking?
Thumb sucking is perfectly normal for infants, most stop by age two. If your child doesn’t, discourage it after age three. Prolonged thumb sucking can create crowded teeth, crooked teeth, and bite problems.We will be glad to suggest helpful ways to address a prolonged thumb-sucking habit.
I find brushing my child's teeth awkward. Any suggestions?
Try having your child lie down. Put your child on your lap or on the floor, keeping his/her head steady with your legs. If your child is standing, have his/her back to you with their head tilted slightly and resting against your body. Have your child hold a mirror while you brush and floss their teeth so your child can see what is being done.
Is it important to brush before bed?
Yes. If you have to miss a brushing, the bedtime one is probably the worst one to miss. If you don't get rid of the bacteria and sugar that cause cavities, they have all night to do harm. While you are awake, saliva helps keep the mouth clean. When you are asleep, there is less saliva produced to clean the mouth. For this reason it is important to brush before bedtime.
How to brush your child's teeth?
Every day plaque forms on the inner, outer, and chewing surface of teeth and the gums. Tooth brushing is one of the most effective ways to remove the plaque.
The best kind of toothbrush to use is one with soft, round-tipped bristles.
A child will need a smaller brush than an adult.
Young children do not have the manual dexterity to brush properly. Your child will need your supervision and help brushing until he or she is 8-10 years old to ensure a thorough brushing has been done.
When the bristles become bent or frayed, a new brush is needed.
Start flossing your child's teeth when the teeth touch each other and you can no longer brush in between them.
NORMAL SEQUENCES OF TOOTH DEVELOPMENT
Please remember, the earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly andsmile with confidence. Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits Common Pediatric Dentistry Procedures Include
2-MIN FLUORIDE APPLICATIONS & ANTI CAVITY TREATMENT(For prevention from effects of chocolates; Colas; sticky foods on teeth)
PIT & FISSURE SEALANTS (Most recommended way of caries prevention by blocking deep pits & fissures of teeth )
FLUORIDE FILLINGS (for correction of cavities in milk& permanent teeth)
ORTHODONTIC ASSESMENT (opinion from specialist Orthodontist whether braces are required)
HABIT BREAKING APPLIANCES (For correction of bad habits like Thumb-sucking; Mouth breathing; Tongue –thrusting; lip biting; pencil biting )
SPACE MAINTAINERS (To allow permanent tooth to erupt in place if milk tooth has shed off or extracted early.)
SCALING & POLISHING OF TEETH (to prevent any gum problem)