Why should I take my child to the dentist when his milk teeth are going to fall off anyways ?
Your child's first teeth, the primary teeth are extremely important. Strong, healthy primary teeth help your child chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and look good!. Just as important, your child's general health can be affected if diseased and broken primary teeth are not treated early.
If a primary tooth is lost too soon, your child may need to wear a space maintainer until the permanent tooth erupts (comes through the gums). otherwise the teeth beside it my tilt into the empty space, causing the permanent teeth to come in crooked and possibly requiring lengthy and more expensive corrective treatment later.

At what age should my child first see a dentist ?
Ideally, it's best to take your child to a pediatric dentist around twelve months of age. The earlier you begin, the better chance your child has to prevent problems. In addition to checking for decay and other problems, the dentist will teach you how to properly clean your child's teeth daily and will evaluate your child's teeth for supplemental fluoride needs. By starting dental visits at an early age, you'll be helping your child build a lifetime of good dental habits.

How often should my child see the pediatric dentist ?
It is generally recommended that children visit the dentist every six months for a comprehensive examination, full mouth dental cleaning and oral hygiene instructions. However, since each child's individual needs are different the paediatric dentist is best able to suggest a proper schedule of visits for your child.

What will happen during my child’s first dental visit ?
At your child's first visit The dentist will do a thorough oral examination by gently checking the teeth and gums for decay and other problems. We will also clean, polish, apply topical fluoride, give oral hygiene instructions and if necessary, will take x-rays to check for normal development and hidden decay. You will also learn important preventive home skills to help your child's teeth stay strong and healthy. And, at the end of the appointment, The dentist will discuss her findings with you and provide a dental treatment plan.

What should I tell my child about seeing the dentist ?
Tell your child that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help the child stay healthy. Talk about the visit in a positive, matter-of-fact way, as you would about any important new experience.A visit to the dentist can be a pleasant adventure for your child.

When should I start cleaning my baby's teeth ?
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your baby's gums with a clean washcloth.Later, brush your child's teeth with fluoride toothpaste and a small, soft bristled toothbrush. Remember that most small children do not have the dexterity to brush their teeth effectively and hence need adult help.

Should I worry about pacifier use, thumb or finger sucking ?
Pacifier, thumb and finger sucking is perfectly normal for infants and provides security. Most children stop sucking on pacifiers, thumbs and other objects around two without harm to their teeth and jaws. However, children who prolong sucking habits can create crowded and tipped teeth. We will carefully watch your child's jaw development and watch the way their teeth come in.
We can also give you helpful advice to encourage your child to stop, as well as talk to your child about what happens to the teeth if they don't stop. The advice, coupled with support from parents, helps most children break the habit. If not the child may need habit breaking appliances.

What guidelines will help children remain cavity-free ?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises: Brush with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day, floss children's teeth until they are able to do it themselves around age ten and rinse with fluoridated water. Have sealants applied to the chewing surface of permanent back teeth (molars) as soon as they erupt through the gums. Snack moderately and of course, visit the Dentist twice a year to make sure you have a healthy mouth!!

What paediatric dental services do you offer ?
We offer a wide range of paediatric dental services that include :
* Fluoride treatment
* Pit and fissure sealent
* Fillings of milk and adult teeth
* Habit breaking appliance
* Space maintainers

Dr PRACHI DESAI believes in delivering the best health care services to all individuals. She believes that every individual is special and gets their concerns addressed with utmost care. She has completed her BDS from Nair Hospital, Mumbai and her PGD from BRAID, U.K. She has an experience of more than 15 years as a dental surgeon... Dr. Prachi Desai Owner