Children's Dentistry

Why are milk teeth so important?

Most parents have a misconception that milk teeth will fall off and permanent teeth will come on their own. All milk teeth have different ages to erupt & fall off & all permanent teeth have different ages to erupt. Even though primary (milk) teeth eventually fall out, they do serve a very important function. Besides helping in chewing, speech and good looks. Milk teeth reserve space for permanent teeth, so if a tooth is lost too early, new teeth could grow crooked. If the milk teeth are well looked after, then it is more likely that the permanent teeth will grow in their correct position. There are many ways to help prevent early decay, beginning with regular checkups. But if a cavity does develop in a milk tooth, be sure to have it filled.

When should I make my child's first dental appointment?

When your child is about a year old, it's time he or she sees a dentist. Early visits can prevent minor problems from becoming major ones, and even though you are checking your child's teeth, you may not recognize a problem. Don't wait until there is a decayed or injured tooth to introduce your child to a dentist . Make the first visit a positive one.

What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, or Baby Bottle Syndrome, Nursing Bottle Caries or Rampant caries are all terms used to describe a dental condition, which involves the rapid decay of many or all the baby teeth of an infant or child. Baby Bottle Tooth Decay is caused by frequent exposure of a child's teeth for long periods of time to liquid containing sugars.

When your baby falls asleep with
  • a bottle containing formula, milk or juice
  • a pacifier dipped in honey
  • while breast feeding

The liquid pools around the front teeth. During sleep, the bacteria living in every baby's mouth, turns the milk sugar or other sugars to acid, which causes the decay Parents may not know there is a problem until serious damage has been done: Oral checks should be performed by parents to detect early signs of the disease. Brown spots along the gumline on your child's teeth are signs which should alert you. If your child prefers soft foods, frowns or cries when eating cold, sweet, or hard foods, they should be checked for tooth decay. By the time tooth decay is noticed it may be too late and crowns, pulp therapy, or even extraction of the decayed teeth may be necessary. As a result, your child may suffer from long term disorders, which include speech impediments, possible psychological damage, crooked or crowded teeth, and poor oral health. Most children begin life with strong, healthy teeth. Help your child's teeth stay that way.Your newborn is totally dependent upon you as a parent. The decisions you make will have a vital effect on your child's dental future.


Thumbsucking is a natural occurrence for many babies and new-borns and they derive satisfaction from it. During the first year of life, thumbsucking should not be discouraged. If thumbsucking continues beyond four to five years of age, it can lead to crooked teeth (Malocclusion).

Mouth breathing

Mouth breathing (also termed open-mouth breathing or mouth breathing habit) is breathing through the mouth rather than the nose Chronic mouth breathing in children may have implications on dental and facial growth. It can lead to the development of a long, thin face, sometimes termed "long face syndrome"and also Malocclusion of the teeth. It may also cause gingivitis (inflamed gums) increased levels of dental plaque and halitosis (bad breath), especially upon waking if mouth breathing occurs during sleep.

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