PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY TREATMENT

AT DR. ARIEL GUNITSKIY

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Children are not exempted from oral health problems and infections -- Good oral hygiene starts as early as infancy

Dr. Gunitskiy will provide you with tips and techniques on how to take care of your child's teeth at home.

At all times, parents are welcome to be with their child

About 1 of 5 (20%) children aged 5 to 11 years have at least one untreated decayed tooth

At Gunitskiy Family Dentistry we treat every kid with care

We are committed to give every kid a pleasant experience so that the kid's first visit wouldn't leave a negative impression. We do our best to make the child feel at home, safe. Because the friendly atmosphere makes it possible to conduct the most informative diagnosis, as well as to avoid the stress associated with a visit to the dental clinic. We have been told by many happy parents that their children do not fear coming to our practice.

We’ll make your child feel at home from the beginning!

Probably the first thing your child will do when they get here is play, while the parent and our friendly team get to know each other. The child will get to enjoy movies, the Disney Channel, Paw Patrol, or toys. When you and your child are ready, their first step will be the dental checkup that is complete and thorough!

 

At all times, parents are welcome to be with their child.

Visiting pediatric dentistry

Many parents have a misconception about the treatment of children's teeth. They do not consider it necessary to treat baby teeth, because over time they will be replaced by permanent teeth. In addition, parents are worried that the manipulation of the doctor may cause pain and injury to the child.

However, modern pediatric dentistry is radically different from what it was in the past. Our dental clinic in London offers a wide range of services, qualified staff, caring for the patients with advanced treatment methods. It is necessary to monitor the health of the baby's teeth after the eruption of the first tooth, and then in the future the baby will not have to face problems such as toothache.

At our practice we care about prevention! We provide a full range of treatment and prevention measures for your baby, which will keep their teeth healthy from birth until the final baby tooth falls out. It is known that a good dentist is one whose patients are not ill, because the best treatment is timely prevention. 

Why treat baby teeth, if they still fall out?

Although the service life of baby teeth is insignificant, they are by no means "training" teeth for the child, as they greatly affect the development and formation of the kid's jaw. It is baby teeth that serve as the foundation for permanent teeth. If you do not treat caries of baby teeth, then erupting permanent teeth could be affected by it!

Therefore, it is very important to diagnose problems in time. Bring your child to the doctor at least once every six months.

Features of treatment of children's teeth

Children are prone to almost similar dental diseases as adults. Therefore, it is necessary to treat both permanent teeth and deciduous. And to prevent complications, it is important to teach a child to visit the dentist regularly from childhood.

The most common pediatric dental problems include:

 

Cavities and pulpitis

A cavity is a pathological process that develops rapidly on weakened and thin areas of enamel. If a cavity is not treated in time, it can be complicated by inflammatory lesions of the pulp. Therefore, it is very important to treat baby teeth in a timely manner.

 

Tooth extraction

Baby teeth are removed only as a last resort. If there is a choice - to remove or treat - we will always advise treatment. Early removal of baby teeth (more than 1-2 years before the natural change) is undesirable, as it can lead to a number of serious consequences to the adult's dentition, including disruption of their normal function and eruption, it can create or close spaces and create undesirable occlusion.

 

Tooth restoration

If the baby has a broken baby tooth or if the dental crown is severely damaged by a cavity, a restoration is performed. For children, one of the most important points in the restoration is functionality. Therefore, restorative filling materials are always selected taking into account the age of the patient - for babies durability and impeccable aesthetics are not so important, good marginal fit of fillings and preservation of dental tissues are much more important.

 

Kids are not afraid to be treated at our office, and this is why: 

We do everything to create a special atmosphere here - an atmosphere the fosters trust and safety. Gunitskiy Family Dentistry in London makes it possible to look differently at seemingly unpleasant dental procedures.

Dr. Gunitskiy and his team at Gunitskiy Family Dentistry consists of a team of experienced and responsible dental professionals who are not only well versed in all aspects of children's health, but also love their daily work with the young patients! There is a large TV at each of the operatories with the child's favourite cartoons. This distracts the child, allows him not to worry during the examination.

 

 

Before starting any treatment, Dr. Gunitskiy and his team will first meet the child and build a trusting relationship. here at Gunitskiy Family Dentistry we know how to get our young patients enthusiastic about games, cartoons or their hobbies, so that they completely forget about the their fear of the treatment.

Prevention of dental diseases in children

An important aspect of pediatric dentistry is preventive measures. At the intial appointment, the Dr. Gunitskiy will give useful advice on improving dental health at home with proper care.

Moreover, the our practice provides effective professional procedures:

  • fluoride varnish;

  • sealing of pits and fissures.

Regular visits to the dentist and timely implementation of the necessary procedures helps to strengthen the health of the entire oral cavity, preventing their premature deterioration in adulthood. Who knew, a trip to the dentist can be painless and even fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do baby teeth sometimes need to be taken?

Unfortunately, sometimes it is not possible to save or restore a diseased tooth. Dr. Gunitskiy will take out a baby tooth that causes pain or doesn't want to fall out on its own. Here at Gunitskiy Family Dentistry we use special patient management techniques to make it a painless experience, with little or any discomfort post extraction.

 

What kind of treatments do you provide?

Nowadays, there are many effective techniques that allow us to treat and diagnose problems in children in a completely painless way and fairly quickly. We know and treat all diseases pertaining to children's teeth, of any complexity: cavities, pulpitis or periodontitis, we always attempt to make a seamless process for the parent and the child. We provide a wide range of services, including dental surgery, orthodontics, professional teeth cleaning, space maintainers and more. If you need a comfortable and effective dental treatment for children under general anesthesia, we will refer your child to a specialist dentist that we trust. 

How to care for a baby when teething?

The moment when the baby's teeth begin to erupt is impossible to miss. This process could make life difficult for the baby and the parents. Symptoms might include increased salivation, runny nose, diarrhea, and fever are often observed.

 

During this period of life, there are things that we can do to help the baby:

  • give your child a special chewing ring or a teether 

  • gently massage the gums. Massages may reduce pain, improve blood circulation, and they overall are soothing for the baby.

  • gradually introduce solid food into the diet. When teeth are erupting, the child will "scratch" the gums. This is a good time for the child to get used to eating solid food and develop chewing skills. This could even speed up the process of teething.  

How to care for baby teeth at home?

The condition of the baby teeth must also be carefully monitored. When the baby's first teeth have erupted, parents should know:

  • not let your baby suck on a bottle of sweetened mixtures for a long time

  • after a snack (any other carbohydrate snack), the parent should consider brushing their baby's teeth

  • any concentrated juice such as orange juice is an aggressive acidic environment that is capable of destroying baby's enamel

  • baby teeth should be thoroughly cleaned regularly

  • when a cavity appears, it must be treated, otherwise the infection can subsequently completely destroy the tooth and even affect the adult tooth under it

What will happen if a cavity is not treated?

Some parents may make the mistake of ignoring decay in their baby teeth in the early stages. They may believe that there is no need to treat the first teeth, since they will soon fall out anyway. Such an approach is fraught with:

  • destruction of dentin tissue and pulp inflammation

  • further spread of inflammation - periodontitis

  • early removal of affected baby teeth  

  • the consequences of the activity of pathogenic bacteria: decreased immunity, the risk of acute respiratory infections, pharyngitis, laryngitis, diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

 

The treatment of milk teeth should be carried out. Please contact Family First Dentistry if your child hasn't been to the dentist in the last 6 months. 

When is it necessary to bring the child for their first appointment?

Dr. Gunitskiy strongly recommends that you make an appointment with your child urgently if:

  • when breastfeeding, the baby chokes

  • baby sucks badly

  • baby teeth are crooked from the habit of sucking on fingers, tongue, or lips.

If none of the above happens, then the first visit to the dentist should be planned immediately after the start of teething. Preventive examinations are recommended every 6 months. It is important to get the child used to coming to visit the dentist. Here at Family First Dentisry we like to have fun, so we are sure that the child is going to have a pleasant appointment. As a child grows up, they may be more frightened before examination and treatment, therefore gentle preparation is important.

 

How can cavities be prevented?

Diet is the most important aspect of prevention. Plaque and sugar are the main enemies to teeth. Children need help with brushing up to 8 years of age. Their first visit to the dentist should be with parents, preferably before teeth erupt, but most certainly as young as 2 years old. Baby teeth are much smaller and have less hard tooth substance to protect the dental nerves. Decay can quickly attack these teeth and regular visits to see the dentist and dental hygienist are most important. 

 

Is thumb sucking harmful?

Thumb sucking can lead to problems with the normal development of the mouth and tooth alignment. Children should stop sucking their thumbs by the time their front adult teeth start erupting around 6 years old.

 

What should I do if my child has a tooth ache?

In some instances even the most diligent brushing and flossing will not prevent a cavity. Please contact our friendly team to schedule an appointment.

 

 

What should I do if my child's baby tooth is knocked out or chipped?

Baby teeth are usually not put back in the mouth but we should examine it to determine if any roots remain or any other teeth have been injured. These primary teeth play an important part in maintaining space for secondary-adult teeth. Early loss of primary teeth can lead to speech and orthodontic problems.