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Dr. Tham
04/Mar/2020

First Visit

It is recommended that every child has an introductory dental visit within 6 months of eruption of their first tooth. As parents, you might think this is too early- even more so when there is no “problem” with your child’s teeth yet. However, starting dental visits early has many advantages:

  • We can assess each child’s risk of developing tooth decay.
  • We can suggest preventive steps that is special to each child’s needs
  • We can have the opportunity to show your child that dental visits can be fun, hence reducing chances of dental anxiety in the future

Quite often, it is a child’s first visit to the dental clinic but he/she is having pain. We understand that it can be stressful and anxious for both parent and the child. For younger children, parents can be present in the treatment room. For older children, it is best that we can see the child by themselves, but if parents are not comfortable with that, parents can be passive observers- allowing us a chance to interact and explain in simple terms that your child can understand. Many studies have shown that when parents are anxious themselves, their child will also tend to be anxious as well.

Depending on the your child’s reaction to his/her dental visit and what treatment needs to be done, we will try our best to provide your child with the best care possible. It is however important for parents to understand that treatment should not be forced or rushed onto a child. We understand that parents are busy and prefer treatment to be done all in a single visit, but it takes a lot of patience and time for us to build a trusting relationship and bond with your child. This is how dental visits can become stress free and fun for your child.

Our services includes

Standard Cleanings and Check ups

The care we provide is the best we can for each child. This means that the cleaning frequency we recommend can vary from individual to individual. Your child might benefit from cleanings every 3 months, or every 6 months.

What happens during a standard cleaning and check up?

  • A standard dental examination
  • Scaling, polishing and flossing
  • Dental x-rays (if needed)
  • Fluoride varnish treatment

Fluoride Varnish Treatment

What is Fluoride? Fluoride helps to strengthen teeth and prevent decay. It is also able to remineralise teeth that have early decay (seen as white patches on teeth). Fluoride can be found in fluoridated toothpaste, and are available in various amounts and concentrations.

Fluoride varnish contains a higher than normal amount of fluoride and it comes in the form of a thick sticky paste that adheres to teeth to minimise swallowing. It is very well tolerated as well. Varnish is proven in many ways to slow, stop and even reverse the formation of cavities. Everyone is at risk of developing cavities, from the young infants to young kids to teenagers. Here are some risk factors:

  • Infants still bottle feeding past one year of age.
  • Infants sleeping with a bottle containing liquids other than water (eg. milk, juices, sweetened drinks like Milo)
  • Frequent breastfeeding without proper mouth cleaning afterwards, especially at night
  • Constant consumption of sugary or starchy foods and beverages
  • Dental history of cavities
  • Developmental disabilities
Application of Fluoride Varnish

Fluoride varnish may be unfamiliar to many patients, so here are some information for parents and children:

  • It will make your child’s teeth look dull and yellowish when leaving the dentist. Their teeth will return to normal as the varnish wears off, usually in 1 day.
  • In order for the varnish to have the most benefit, it needs to remain adhered to the teeth for as long as possible. For that, your child should not brush or floss until the next morning.
  • To prevent early removal of the varnish, avoid abrasive or hard foods for the rest of the day. Soft diet is ideal for the day.
  • Fluoride varnish should be done every 6 months for most children. For children who have a higher risk of cavities, we may recommend 3-monthly application of fluoride varnish.

Tooth coloured fillings

Tooth Colour Fillings

These are white fillings that look beautiful and blend in with the natural color of the tooth. Placement of fillings is fairly quick and easy. First the decayed part of the tooth is cleaned and removed, then the tooth is dried and filled.

Happy Gas

What is Happy Gas? Happy Gas is also known as nitrous oxide/ laughing gas. In our clinic, we use it as a mild analgesic. It works by filling the patient with a feeling of happiness, which helps them feel relaxed and less anxious about dental treatment.

How do we use Happy Gas? We apply the gas through a tube and nose piece that fits over your child’s nose. All he/she has to do is breathe through his/her nose

Why use Happy Gas? Happy Gas is fast acting and wears off quickly. Its effects can be felt within 5 minutes, and when the gas flow stops, those effects wear off within another 5 minutes of breathing oxygen. It is safe, easy to use and can be adjusted easily for your child’s comfort. The only thing that stops it is a stuffy nose. If your child can’t breathe through his/her nose, it won’t work.Children’s Primary Teeth

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Dr. Tham
23/Mar/2019

What is interceptive orthodontics?

In interceptive orthodontics , we identify and treat crooked teeth as soon as they are detected. According to the American Academy of Orthodontics, all children should have an orthodontic assessment no later than 7 years old.

How is interceptive orthodontics done?

Every child’s condition is different and treatment will be different too. Treatment can be done with at least ONE or a combination of the following:

  1. Removable appliances (eg. expansion screws, springs, labial bows)
  2. Oromyofunctional therapy ( Myobrace + oral exercises to train good oral posture. Read below for more information on oro-myofunctional therapy)
  3. Braces (Depending on suitability, braces can be started earlier to gain more space for teeth in the jaws hence avoiding the need for pulling teeth out in the future)
  4.  

1. Upper removable appliances (URA)

As it’s name implies, this treatment typically uses a plastic appliance that can be worn on and removed from the teeth. There are many types of removable appliances available and they are custom made according the child’s teeth. Often, we use springs or expansion screws to move teeth. Below are some examples of removable appliances.

 

2. Oro-Myofunctional Therapy (OMT)

How does Oro-Myofunctional Therapy (OMT) work?
OMT is a pre-braces treatment suitable only for growing children. The treatment aims to improve growing children’s cranial and jaw development by treating the underlying causes of crooked teeth and poor oral posture.

OMT can also improve a child’s general health and prevent Sleep Breathing Disorders.

This treatment involves using a series of removable intra-oral appliances (Myobrace) that are worn for 1-2 hours each day plus overnight while sleeping.

OMT also requires a child to do several oral exercises to train the strength of their lips and tongue and improve their nasal breathing. These exercises are very fun and parents are encouraged to get involved too!

The intra-oral appliance works by correcting poor oral habits that cause negative impacts on the development of face, jaws and teeth, such as mouth breathing, incorrect tongue position, thumb sucking, bottle feeding and swallowing incorrectly.

What Causes Crooked Teeth?

Many Malaysian children are growing up with crooked teeth. This is evidence of poor development of craniofacial structures. Traditional orthodontic treatment such as extractions and braces after waiting for all permanent teeth to come through actually focus on moving teeth without treating the underlying cause for crooked teeth.

Modern research has shown that crowded teeth, incorrect jaw development and other orthodontic problems are not caused by big teeth and small jaws or genetic factors. Rather, it is due to poor myofunctional habits (poor oral habits) like mouth breathing, tongue thrusting, reverse swallowing and thumb sucking that can be evident since the first years of life.

The craniofacial structures develop correctly only when children have the following 4 patterns for straight teeth:

1. Lips together at rest

2. Tongue resting at the roof of the mouth

3. Breathing through the nose (NOT the mouth!)

4. Correct swallowing method (No lip/cheek movement)

Here at Prestige Dental Care, we provide early intervention options for children that improve the underlying cause of crooked teeth with Oro-Myofunctional therapy.

What Oro-Myofunctional therapy does:

  • Corrects poor oral habits
  • Develops & aligns the jaws
  • Straightens the teeth
  • Optimises facial development
  • Improves overall health
  • Promotes healthy eating habits

How does it do this?

By helping the child:

  • Breathe through the nose
  • Swallow correctly
  • Correct his/her tongue posture
  • Keep lips together

 

Oro-MyoFunctional Training Exercises

How to wear MyoBrace Appliance/MRC Trainer?
Training 1 – Resting Position, Correct Swallow, Breathing Awareness
Training 2 – Drinking, Paces, Remembering game
Training 3 – Lip training, Continuous drinking, Nose opening
Training 4 – Yawning, Water seal, Tongue clicks
Training 5 – Squirt water bottle, Skinny Tongue
Training 6 – Kick, Gargling, Straw drinking

More info

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