Your child deserves excellent dental care that’s warm, nurturing, and made especially for them. This is what Pediatric Dentistry at Micris Dental Clinic is all about.
Kids shouldn’t be scared of the dentist! As a comprehensive pediatric dental clinic in Dubai, we genuinely aim to make your children’s experience comfortable and fun.
We take pride in our roster of experienced specialist pediatric dentists, safe and kid-friendly facilities, and our well thought out approach in handling our young patients.
We offer a wide range of pediatric dentistry services fit for children’s dental needs.
Did you know that children’s teeth begin to develop in the womb? For most babies, teeth grow at around 3 to 6 months of pregnancy. Once the baby is born, a complete set primary teeth (also called milk teeth) are already grown and hidden within the gums. At 6 months, your baby’s first tooth erupts from the gums, commonly referred to as ‘teething’.
As soon as your baby’s first tooth erupts, it’s time to take him/her to the dentist. This is important to evaluate the development of your child’s facial bones and to know early on if there are possible dental problems that may arise.
We recommend you to schedule a morning appointment, as kids are more cooperative when they’re well-rested from a good night’s sleep. This time of the day also does not come in conflict in their nap times and snack breaks.
When speaking to your child about going to the dentist, it is important you discuss it in a light and positive way. Avoid putting dental visits in a bad light such as using it as punishments or telling scary stories about seeing the dentist. You should also avoid terms such as drills or needles as our pediatric dentists will use special words to explain such procedures.
Bribing your child to visit the dentist is also not a good idea. This can make him or her feel that you are doing something that may hurt them. Simply encourage them that pediatric dental checkups are good for the health of the teeth and gums. It is also important that you feed your kid with a light meal before coming to the clinic so he or she would not be cranky during the visit.
Finally, make the most of your visit by asking your pediatric dentist questions about children’s oral health such as: teething, use of pacifiers, or how to prevent habits that may affect teeth growth like thumb sucking.
First-time jitters are normal but there’s nothing to worry about! Your specialist pediatric dentist in our clinic will gently evaluate your child’s gum and teeth structure and check them for signs of tooth decay or other problems. Your child’s facial bones will also be evaluated. Should there be any signs of hidden tooth decay, an X-ray may be taken.
If your child feels uncomfortable sitting on the dental chair, your dentist may request you to sit on it while your child sits on your lap. At the end of your checkup, the specialist pediatric dentist will give oral health care tips that your kid must follow (with your proper guidance) at home.
The common signs that your baby is teething include gum swelling, irritability, restlessness, loss of appetite, drooling, and frequent biting of fingers or other objects. To ease your baby’s discomfort, gently massage and rub his gums with a cold, clean washcloth or give something to chew on like a cold teeth ring. Should the discomfort be too unbearable for your baby, your pediatric dentist may recommend some medications for pain relief.
Good oral hygiene begins before the teeth come out. Remember to wipe your baby’s gums with a soft and clean washcloth after each feeding time and before you put him or her to sleep. This prepares your baby for a tooth brushing habit when he or she gets older.
Once the first tooth erupts, you should start introducing children to the habit of tooth brushing. Pediatric dentists recommend that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste formula designed for young kids. Use only a smear for toothpaste for kids less than two years of age and a pea-sized amount for children ages two to five.
Don’t forget to brush the tongue, as bacteria that may cause infections and bad breath can build up from it. Teach your child to properly spit out toothpaste after brushing. Toothbrushes must be replaced every two to three months.
Early Childhood Caries (also called Baby Bottle Tooth Decay) is mainly caused by prolonged bottle feeding among babies, usually when children are put to sleep with a bottle of milk, juice or other formula. When you feed your baby with formulas or sweet beverages for a long period of time, the risk of the presence of bacteria feeding on tooth surfaces increases, which in turn causes dental caries.
To prevent this, maintain good oral health habits and only feed your child with breastmilk, infant formula, or water. Avoid feeding them sugary drinks such as juices or soda. Also make sure to finish bottle feeding before going to bed.
Taking dental X-rays are important to determine the alignment of children’s teeth and jaw. This procedure is guaranteed safe by pediatric dentists and will help prevent future dental issues.
Tooth decay is the most common dental problem among children, as they naturally love to eat sweets! In order to prevent tooth decay, it is best to schedule checkups with your pediatric dentist every six months and guide your child to ensure good oral health habits. Brush your child’s teeth twice daily and avoid sugary foods and beverages.
Primary teeth or milk teeth are as important as an adult’s permanent teeth. Well-aligned teeth formation helps in better speech and is essential for your child’s proper nutrition (chewing the food well). Aside from these factors, primary teeth hold jaw space before permanent teeth appear. Milk teeth that fall out before its time due to tooth decay may result in misaligned growth of permanent teeth.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings placed on the teeth surface to prevent dental caries. They are usually applied to pre-molars, molars, and the back of the teeth to serve as protective shields on the teeth enamel. This also prevents food and plaque from getting stuck in between teeth.
Your pediatric dentist will advise you if your kid needs sealants. They can protect your child’s teeth for up to 5 years. Frequent dental checkups, however, are still necessary for your dentist to examine the sealants condition and be replaced as needed.
Babies have a natural urge for thumb sucking whenever they feel hungry, sleepy, or restless. While it is common for children, this habit must be stopped before the permanent teeth come out. Thumb sucking may cause misalignment of the teeth (malocclusion) and can also affect your children’s chewing and swallowing activity.