What Your Child’s Trip To The Dental Clinic May Involve
April 21, 2016|Posted in: Business Services
Visiting the dentist should become a routine in your child’s life. Most doctors recommend that you start seeing a paediatric dentist as early on as after your baby’s first birthday.
It’s good to have some knowledge about what that you and your child can encounter during your routine visits to a dental clinic in Singapore. If you don’t already have this knowledge from your own childhood experiences, read below to find out.
Plugging the Leak
Sometimes, no matter how well you take care of your child’s teeth, they could end up getting a few cavities. Even if two children follow the same teeth brushing and flossing routine, one could develop a cavity while the other may not. This is because there are many culprits behind the formation of cavities. Some affecting factors are diet, genetics, the shape and arrangement of teeth, and the unique cocktail of mouth bacteria present in each child’s mouth.
Depending on the age of the patient, or the number of fillings that are required, the dentist may use different methods to make the patient more relaxed and less sensitive to pain. Oral sedatives, laughing gas (nitrous oxide) or numbing gels are used to shield your child from the pain of a getting an anaesthetic injection. Once the anaesthetic has kicked in, the dentist will start the process of cleaning out and filling-in the decayed part of the tooth. Your child will not be able to feel any pain from these actions.
A Good Rinse
During most visits to a dental clinic, an oral hygienist or dentist is likely to clean out your child’s teeth themselves. While you may think this unnecessary if your child has a solid teeth brushing routine at home, getting teeth cleaned out occasionally by a professional, does come with some undeniable benefits.
They can find and clean-out nooks and crannies that a toothbrush can ironically be quite ill equipped for. Oral hygienists are also more able to remove hardened plaque from the teeth with the help of their high pressured jets of water. This process requires that your child holds their jaw wide open, and breathes through their nose, since streams of water will be used to wash out the removed dirt. The water is continually drained away to a sink nearby using an extractor tube placed inside the mouth. Although, this procedure only causes mild discomfort, this may be an overwhelming experience for your child the first few times. It might help to let them know that they can ask to take a break if they need one.
It’s best to start paediatric dental care as soon as possible so that your child benefits from good oral hygiene, and realises the importance of taking care of their teeth early on.