Pediatric Dentistry

Fluoride varnish

We use a fluoride varnish (American Ultradent brand) of single use packaging to insure high quality and hygiene standards.

This fluoride varnish sets on teeth and absorb necessary fluoride and excessive fluoride will wear off. This prevents teeth for 6 months from teeth decay and other dental diseases.

In addition, fluoride toothpaste will help to prolong the fluoride varnish. This fluoride coating tastes sweet which is appealing to children as well as adults.

What is a dental SEALANT that prevents teeth from teeth decay?

Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth (premolars and molars) which are prevented from tooth decay.

  • Growing premolars and molars with deep pits and fissures are vulnerable to tooth decay because these areas are hard to clean. These sealants cover pits and fissures of teeth and minimize risks for tooth decay.
  • Between the ages of 5-6, first permanent teeth will erupt. Dental sealants should be applied on permanent teeth that replace baby teeth. All permanent pits and fissures should be covered by dental sealants as they intended to protect from tooth decay.

Baby teeth

First baby teeth that come into mouth in 6-9 months old and appear in pairs along the sides of jaw until the child is about 2.5 years old. At this time, you child should have 20 teeth, upper 10 teeth (4 incisors, 2 canines, 4 premolars) and lower 10 teeth (4 incisors, 2 canines, 4 premolars).

Between the ages of 5 and 7 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt and this process will continue until the age of 13. This is crucial time for parents who usually think that permanent teeth will  erupt after baby teeth fall off. Between ages 5-7 years, third molars will have already erupted. There are many cases related to this misconception and ignorance (by this time, child has 21-24 teeth) that result teeth decay even lead to extraction of teeth.

When baby teeth replaces permanent teeth, children should brush their teeth using a fluoride toothpaste and take supplement vitamins.

Unfortunately, some parents pay less attention to baby teeth and think that temporary teeth do not need any dental treatment. But baby teeth need more attention and care than permanent teeth.
Because baby teeth have less mineralization and thin natural porcelain and therefore, they are vulnerable to teeth decay.

  • Strong toothache of baby tooth decay
  • Baby tooth decay may harm eruption of permanent teeth
  • When extracting baby teeth, permanent teeth may lead to malpositioned or overlapped eruption.
  • Baby teeth decay also contains much germs that may spread to adjacent teeth and cause teeth decay.

What is a black coating or Saforide?

  • It is a coating that stops teeth caries, when baby teeth starting to have teeth caries
  • Teeth caries are not filled with fillings thus needed thorough brushing and will stop further teeth caries. If not brushed well enough teeth caries get larger and need further treatment options.
  • Although baby teeth caries with coatings look darker it will stop baby teeth decay. After children are old enough to have dental treatment and then the coating can be replaced by dental fillings.