Dr. Vikrant Kundu

BDS (Hons)
MDS ( Orthodontics )
CAIC ( Implantology Korea )
ADIC ( Implantology Israel )
CHIEF MENTOR, Mirell International

The Importance of Early Dental Visits

The essence of determination of oral health in the early years or stages of life is well documented and sanctioned by academic stakeholders and medical professional worldwide.

Significantly, early stages oral health dominates and outcomes are regarded critical in recognizing the oral health trajectories across the life course, and can influence oral health and disease development in adulthood. Particularly, early childhood cavity, the most common chronic childhood illness, is known to disproportionately impact vulnerable sections of the population and confer considerable impacts to families, children, and health systems. With more than 40% of kids having caries by kindergarten, the condition requires immediate evaluation and treatment, The tabulation of possible sequelae of early childhood cavity is protracted, and includes medical and dental consequences, diminished quality of mouth and life, pain, increased expenditures, lost time (school kids and caregivers’ from work or other activities) and others.

Age-1 dental care has its own set of benefits and positive results. To help a little young patient get along well with the dental examination, a basic practice setting should have toys and books available to help divert child’s mind and set them at ease. Not only it is essential that the pediatric dentist understand how to cope with a troubled toddler, but it is also key for an oral specialist to handle caregivers’ concerns, queries and expectations in order to have the best experience. Part of this may include education of the caregiver through social media or a Web site created and updated for the practice. A dental team must have an array of diverse behavioral approaches towards the young patients and their caregivers. Through optimal and in-depth interaction, the dental staff can help mitigate fear and fright and guide the child to be calm and cooperative. A session of thorough communication between the dentist and a young patient plays a pivotal role to begin with the procedure along with the child to have a lifelong positive attitude toward dentistry.

From the first word to the first step, most turning points are literally reached in a child’s 1st year of life. A first dental appointment must be one of them. Oral health specialists are typically urging prevention as key to establish lifelong dental health.

Dental visit should start with the impression of a child’s first tooth, no later than 1 year of age.

Some parents or caregivers have a notion that because baby teeth or primary teeth are temporary and children do not need a dentist. Most Parents are also unaware of the fact that decay can occur any time after the teeth start to spew out, at about 6 months of age. However it is the duty of the dentist or his/her assistant to remind caregivers that healthy baby teeth are crucial for rumination, speaking, and even self-confidence in early childhood development.

If a child has healthy baby teeth, there are good chances that they will also have healthy adult teeth, and the best forecaster of decay in permanent teeth is decay in baby teeth. As a normal care regime at home, before the first tooth appears, parents should wipe baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad after to remove residual food or plague that can cause erupting teeth.

Baby-bottle tooth decay (BBTD) has unique risk factors, which usually takes place between 12 to 18 months of age. BBTD is a model of tooth decay associated with use of a bedtime bottle containing a beverage with added or natural sugars such as juices, milk or sugary drinks. Use of a sweetened pacifier, breastfeeding in night or sugar-based oral medication also leads to the infectious early childhood caries (ECC).

Erupted teeth are at risk for decay when a toddler’s or an infant’s diet includes anything other than breast milk thus making early visits crucial. Untreated caries or decay in the primary dentition can cause dysfunction, sleeplessness, pain, poor appearance as well as hampered growth- leading to health-threatening illness.

Dentists in India are reporting that preschooler’s mostly at all high income levels are surfacing in dentists’ offices with 5 to 8 cavities or more. Some little one’s are even unable to sit still during a procedure because of long held problem and are hence given general anesthesia. This hold-up in treatment to some extent is attributed to caregivers’ misinterpreting cavity pain for teething.

Many children have a complete set of primary teeth by the age of 3 with these teeth starting to fall out at about 6 years of age. These 20 baby teeth are finally replaced by the 32 teeth that adults have.

Research studies have shown a connection between childhood cavities and lesser-than-ideal body weight. Also, inappropriate oral hygiene may elevate an infant’s risk of eventually having low-birth-weight babies, developing heart problems, or getting a stroke as an adult. Not only is early preventive oral care, a progressive investment in a lifetime of dental health, but it is also making financial sense.

Oral cavity is a common communicable chronic infection caused by tooth-adherent specific bacteria, which predominantly metabolize sugars to produce acid, ultimately resulting to tooth demineralization if left unchecked. The time in which the young one is most likely to obtain this bacterium is brief, from 6 months of age through near about 2.5years of age.

The sooner the children start getting routine dental checkups, the healthier and hygienic their mouths will stay all through their lives. Early dental checkups help prevent tooth decay and caries, which can result in acute pain, difficulty in focusing and other medical problems. Youngsters with strong and healthy teeth munch and grind food easily that also improves the digestion system. Healthy teeth allow children to learn to speak clearly and smile with utmost confidence.

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