Preserve your child’s tooth kingdom

How bizarre would it sound if we imagine a toddler going to a high school instead of a preschool. Would she fit into the ambiance of stern teachers, demanding hi-tech laboratories, lockers filled with hefty textbooks, and the labyrinth of corridors? We always imagine a young child in gentle, comfortable and fun-evoking environment of a preschool room embellished with cute kiddie furniture, toys, learning aides and a welcoming smiling group of teachers and helpers who have the innate ability to make the child feel at ease.

Young children need an environment that is not intimidating to their developing nascent minds, a place they can associate with their comfort zone, a place they can unleash their innocent curiosity, and a place where their sensibilities are lovingly nurtured. To be able to create such surroundings our Pediatric Dentist Dr Pooja Rattan undertook an additional two years of training in children’s dentistry and behavior management in dental chair. She is especially qualified to meet the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents and special needs patients. No wonder during appointments, she can often be heard singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with young children or reciting multiplication tables with her older patients.

The loving dental care provider is a board-certified Diplomate of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Her credentials include a graduate degree from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry Stockton, California and a two-year residency in pediatric dentistry from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in Boston.

babybottledecayIn keeping with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommendation, she starts seeing children before the age of one (or approximately six months after the first tooth erupts). Such a practice helps establish a “dental home” where your child can be evaluated every six months. This can help in recognition of early dental problems, including baby bottle tooth decay and prolonged pacifier use. As you can see in the pictures, baby bottle decay can wreak havoc on your baby’s teeth.

So next time you visit us, don’t forget to ask Dr Pooja to guide you on how to avoid this condition. She specialize in treating this common malady that can lead to severe consequences if left unchecked.

A stitch in time can save nine. An education in prevention of cavities; assessment and maintenance of proper oral hygiene; monitoring of development of your child’s teeth and jaws; addressing oral habits such as thumb-sucking; and preventative treatments such as fluoride and sealants to avoid future tooth decay can be invaluable in preserving your child’s tooth kingdom. In some cases, optimal orthodontic outcomes are best achieved by starting treatment early or by placing space maintainers to avoid loss of space in your child’s mouth.

Even though we try to protect our bundles of joy, our hearts walking outside our hearts, with utmost care and caution once in a while life sends us bolts from the blue. In such situations if your child does experience dental trauma, you will have a “dental home” ready to evaluate and handle the emergency.

“The best thing you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories”. When it comes to pediatric dentistry, we fondly provide both!

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