Why See a Pediatric Dentist?
A children’s dentist has extra years of dental training after graduating from dental school. This specialized training and dedication to children’s dentistry allows children’s dentists to better serve the unique needs of their young patients.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommend that children have a dental check-up by one year of age and then every 6 months.
It is very important to maintain the health of the primary teeth. Neglected cavities can, and frequently do, lead to problems which affect developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth, or baby teeth are important for proper chewing and eating, providing space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the correct position, and permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles. While the front four teeth last until 6-7 years of age, the back teeth (cuspids and molars) aren’t replaced until age 10-13.
One serious form of decay among young children is BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar: Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks. Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water.
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Make certain that your child continues to bite on the gauze pad for another 15 to 20 minutes after leaving the office. The biting pressure on the gauze pad stops the bleeding and allows better clotting.
Use the extra gauze we have provided when the initial gauze becomes overly wet. Fold into fourths and place over the extraction site. Have your child bite firmly.
A slight oozing of blood for a day is normal. Call the office if there is excessive bleeding.
Avoid using a straw and spitting. This will disturb the clot and may cause an infection.
Avoid rinsing for one day.
Maintain a liquid diet for the first four hours and then a soft diet for the remainder of the day (soup, pasta, eggs, oatmeal, yogurt, gelatin, pudding, apple sauce, soft cheeses, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach are all examples of soft food). Do not drink liquids through a straw, as the sucking action may disturb the clotting action.
Be very careful and watch that your child does not accidentally bite or scratch the numb cheek, tongue or lip. It can happen very quickly! The numbness generally lasts one to two hours.
If there is any discomfort after the numbness wears off, give your child appropriate dosage of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or Ibuprofen (Motrin), if your child is not allergic.
**DO NOT take ASPIRIN**
Gentle brushing and rinsing with warm salt water (1 Tsp. to 8 oz. glass of water) can begin the morning following extraction. A clean mouth will heal more quickly. Continue rinsing for several days or longer if there is a problem keeping the area clean.
Please call the office (504) 207-0314 if you have any questions or concerns.
Our main concerns are to provide high quality care and a positive dental experience for your child. Sedation is recommended in order to help accomplish these goals as easily and as comfortable as possible. Sedation involves the use of several medications together, and the particular combination and dosage of medications selected is individually tailored to your child’s needs. Though we do not “put children to sleep”, the use of sedative medications will generally help your child to relax, relieve fear and anxiety, and sometimes even nap lightly. To help insure a successful sedation appointment, your understanding and cooperation of the following is important.
Before the Appointment
Eating and Drinking
Do not give your child anything to eat or drink for at least 6 hours prior to the appointment. This will allow the medication to work well and will help to avoid vomiting and resulting complications during sedation. Even WATER!
– No milk or solid food 6 hours prior to the scheduled procedure.
– No breast milk 4 hours prior to the scheduled procedure.
– Clear liquids up to 2 hours before the procedure.
Change in Health
Any change in the child’s health, especially the development of a cold or fever, within 7 days prior to the day of treatment, is very important. For the child’s safety, a new appointment may be made for another day. If possible, inform the office of any changes in health prior to the appointment.
Do not give your child any medicines before or after the appointment unless Dr. Cao has prescribed them or agreed previously. You may give your child medications they take routinely, such as seizure medications or antibiotics.
A responsible adult must accompany the child to the office and must remain until the treatment is completed. Please plan to arrive on time for the appointment.
So that we may monitor your child properly, do not cover their fingernails or toenails with polish and have your child wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.
The patient must be accompanied by at least one adult, but we prefer two. The child should be closely watched for signs of difficulty in breathing. You must use a car seat or seat belt for your child on the ride home. Do not take a bus!
Do not plan or permit activities for the child after treatment. Allow the child to rest. Closely supervise any activity for the remainder of the day.
Following the Appointment
For the next 3-4 hours, the symptoms that your child can exhibit may include:
– Lack of coordination or dizziness (please do not let them engage in physical activity)
– Crankiness or irritability
– Tiredness, sleepiness, lethargy or trance-like appearance
Napping after Activities
Most children tend to go home and take a nap. After about 2 hours gently wake them, but do not be alarmed if your child returns to nap for 4-5 more hours.
If your child goes home and doesn’t take a nap, do not be concerned as each individual child acts differently. Closely supervise his activities and do not allow them to engage in active play (running, jumping etc…), but make the day quiet and relaxed. Do not send your child to school.
Drinking and Eating
Since we requested you not to feed your child before the appointment, they may be hungry. Please delay the consumption of solid foods until the numbness from the local anesthesia wears off. Cool liquids and soft foods that do not have to be chewed are better during the numb period. Rich and heavy foods are to be avoided for the rest of the day.
The child’s temperature may be elevated to 101°F/38°C for the first 24 hours after treatment. Tylenol every 3-4 hours and fluids will help alleviate this condition. Temperature above this is cause to notify the office.
– If vomiting persists beyond 4 hours
– If the temperature remains elevated beyond 24 hours or goes above
101°F/38°C- If there is any difficulty in breathing
– If there is any other matter that causes you concern
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call.