Teeth have natural dips or grooves in them, known as pits and fissures. It’s all very groovy in one sense, but when it comes to keeping your children’s teeth clean and free of cavities, pits and fissures aren’t groovy at all.
Pits and fissures house bacteria and other substances which can cause tooth decay , and these grooves can’t always be properly cleaned with a normal toothbrush. The dentists have developed pit and fissure sealants which can fill and seal the grooves your teeth and prevent bacteria getting in. They make teeth easier to clean and reduce the risk of experiencing tooth decay.
Fissure sealants are recommended for filling the adult or primary teeth of children who have a high risk of developing cavities. And even children who brush and floss regularly can be considered high risk, depending for example on the amount of fluoride they consume and the shape of their teeth (particularly the groovy parts).
Pulpotomy is when pulp chamber is inflamed. It occurs usually on a baby molar, which is removed. That area is sterilized and the chamber is sealed. It can also be done in a permanent teeth. It is a common procedure in children and has a good success rate.
Space maintainers are used to help hold the space for permanent tooth. Space maintainers are used when your child loses teeth prematurely either due to tooth decay or naturally.
With space maintainers, the child has to see a doctor every 6 months for professional cleaning.
Injuries to mouth and jaw are common to children playing sports. Mouth guards help to protect your child’s teeth in such cases.
Mouth guards must be tear resistant and doesn’t prevent from breathing.
Mouth guards are compulsory if the child is wearing braces or retainer.