Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)
Pediatric dentistry is a speciality dental practice devoted exclusively to the oral health of children. The reason for this is that children see and understand things differently as compared to adults. They see and hear things from our eyes and ears. Their interpretation of things is very different from all of us. This is where the role of a Pediatric Dentist becomes very important. Our work involves managing the imagination and behaviour of the child in order to get the necessary treatment done for a better outcome.
Unlike dentistry for adults, Pediatric Dentistry involves not only the dental treatment of children but also involves managing their fear and apprehensions. During the curriculum for Pediatric Dentistry, special training is given on various aspects of behavioural management for children.
This helps the Pediatric Dentist to relieve the anxiety of the child as well as the parent and it thus makes the entire dental experience pleasurable and stress free for both of them.
Smiles N Giggles is a Pediatric dental setup which exclusively caters to your child’s dental needs. In short, it is your child’s own dental home.
Dr Maitry Shah, has completed 3 years of training in paediatric dentistry after completion of 5 years of graduation in dentistry. She is very warm with kids, and is very good with managing the mood swings of children. Her motto is to help children grow old without a single cavity in their mouth.
The team of Smiles N Giggles is well aware that children require special treatment & hence the environment here is extremely children friendly. The waiting area is designed to ease the child into the clinic, with various wall mounted games. There is a huge TV mounted on the dental chair where children can watch their favourite cartoons/movies during the check-up or procedure.
Let me ask you something
1) Are you scared of visiting a dentist?
2) Are you scared of taking your child for his/her first dental visit?
I know most of you may not believe but I have had several cavities since childhood. Most of them were on my milk teeth and few on my permanent teeth. But all of this was before I joined the dental school. I vaguely remember my first visit to the dentist. I was excited as well as nervous. Once I got there, I was in awe of
the magic chair which moves with buttons pressed by foot. I was trying to check out everything possible there. I was very anxious to sit on the dental chair, from what I remember, I was scared that I may fall off the chair!!!
Like me most of the kids have mixed feelings, some may be more scared than the others. But it honestly is not that bad. There are a lot of us who are scared to visit a dentist for their dental problems, let alone take their kids to the dentist. Everyone will agree that the newer generations are way smarter than our generation at their age. Do you know that your anxiety is easily recognised by your children & this unconsciously makes them anxious?
Let’s see what can be done to ease the anxiety.
Let’s avoid using certain terms & sentences when introducing a dental visit to your kids, like
1. It is not going to pain.
2. Don’t be scared.
3. The doctor does not have injection.
4. The doctor is not going to remove your teeth.
Terms like pain, scared, injection, removing teeth although used with words/phrases like no, does not, etc. will induce an unpleasant imagination for your child’s first dental visit.
1. The doctor has a magic chair which goes up & down like a see saw.
2. The doctor will play a game where she will count all our teeth, checking who has more no of teeth.
3. The doctor will just take nice photographs of your teeth etc.
will induce a pleasant imagination.
You can play dentist & patient with them at home to make them more comfortable. They can also bring their favourite
soft toy if any for their dental visits. After doing all of the above, when we have succeeded in making it a pleasant dental experience for your child, it is very important to avoid asking questions about the treatment & the procedure in front of your child. Detailed discussion about the procedure & the entire treatment
preferably should be done in the absence of children.
As a parent, it is very obvious, that there are going to be lots of doubts about why & how the treatment will be carried out. However, it will be very helpful if this
discussion takes place when the child is playing in the play area.
Just the way Implants had changed the face of dentistry, Orofacial Myotherapy is changing the current dental care provided. In simple words, it is Physiotherapy of Orofacial Muscles.
Do the facial muscles need Physiotherapy?
Yes definitely. Just like any other muscle of our body, facial muscles too have certain functions to perform, eg chewing, swallowing, assist in breathing and speech, etc. So there are chances that facial muscles go in dysfunction and thus Orofacial Myotherapy helps in re-learning the functions correctly.
How do we understand the dysfunctions of the muscles?
Speech and breathing related dysfunctions are easily identified, eg slurred speech and mouth breathing respectively. Temporomandibular Joint (jaw joint in front of the ears) dysfunctions may be identified as difficulties in opening and closing the mouth or some clicking sound while doing the same. Other dysfunctions need some clinical expertise to identify them.
How do we develop these dysfunctions?
In children it is mainly due to bottle feeding, some restrictions in the mouth (tongue or lip tie), soft diet, nasal blockage leading to mouth breathing etc. in adults it can happen because of chewing food only on one side, mouth breathing developed as a result of some obstruction, uncorrected skeletal problems, etc.
What are the signs of dysfunctions?
◦ Does your child sleep with his/her mouth open?
◦ Does your child watch TV with his/her mouth open?
◦ Does your child have any digit sucking habit?
◦ Does your child bottle fees or was bottle fed earlier?
◦ Does your child snore or breathes heavily at night?
◦ Does your child grind his/her teeth at night?
◦ Is your child sleepy or restless throughout the day?
◦ Does your child lisps while talking?
A yes to any of the above questions is a hint towards dysfunctions.
What are the effects of these dysfunctions?
In children the major impact is on the growth and development of the face, alignment of teeth, etc. In adults it mainly impacts the Jaw joint and leads to pain, clicking, deviation of the lower jaw, etc.
What is part of Orofacial Myotherapy?
Orofacial Myotherapy consists of exercises and sometimes some appliances to achieve the desired functions and balance. In younger children, it helps in proper growth and development of the jaw bones and the face.
When can we start with the therapy?
As early as possible. In children if they learn correct functions at an early age, retention of those changes is permanent and also their facial growth is enhanced. Hence the earlier it gets detected, the faster and better results obtained.
How long does the therapy last?
It may range from 1-2 years depending on the age and the severity of the problem at which the therapy was started.