Dental care is medically necessary and oral health is integral to general health. Undiagnosed and untreated oral conditions may interfere with a child’s ability to eat, sleep, or function well at home or at school due to discomfort or pain. The un-esthetic nature of caries and dental malocclusion may compromise a child’s self-esteem and social development. Children who have their dental conditions corrected improve learning and attendance in school.
Caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood in the US. Early childhood caries (ECC) is a severe problem for young children, affecting 28% of children 2 to 5 years of age, or over four million children in the US. By the time they begin kindergarten, 40% of children have caries. Dental care is the greatest unmet need for children. Safe and effective measures exist to prevent caries and periodontal diseases, but not everyone is aware of the measures necessary to do so.
Oral conditions can interfere with eating and adequate nutritional intake, speaking, self-esteem, and daily activities. Children with ECC may be severely underweight because of associated pain and the disinclination to eat. Nutritional deficiencies during childhood can impact cognitive development. Rampant caries is one of the factors causing insufficient development in children who have no other medical problems. Unrecognized disease and postponed care result in exacerbated problems, which lead to more extensive and costly treatment needs.
A six monthly visit to the dentist is recommended to prevent dental diseases.The goal is to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other disorders that put the health of teeth and mouth at risk. During our busy schedule, it is very difficult to visit a dentist until our child complaint of a pain (and usually it is too late when that happens).
The World Health Organization has suggested that school dental screenings could enable early recognition and timely interventions, leading to savings of health care dollars for individuals, community health care programs, and third-party payors.
In order to ensure safe and reliable dental checkup based on WHO Guidelines , referral and follow up, we provide a comprehensive regular dental program at school under supervision of Specialist Pediatric dentist which can be very helpful to prevent and diagnose early dental diseases. We even arrange to carry out non invasive preventive dental treatment at the school premises in order to make preventive dental care accessible to all.
At the end of check-up, we provide a report to let you know if you need to visit a pediatric dentist to fill a cavity or for any other treatment. Your dentist also may refer you to an orthodontist if he or she thinks you may need braces or have other issues.
Preservation of dental health and Prevention of dental diseases is very important for various reasons.
1. We only Get two sets of teeth over our lifetime.
2. Dental Enamel is the only body tissue which can NEVER heal or regrow.
3. Almost all Dental Diseases are irreversible. If a cavity occurs, You can never get your original tooth back, You will have to live with a filling all your life. However lifelike and good the treatment be, its going to be artificial.
4. Dental Pain is one of the worst lind of pain known to mankind and you surely dont want that to happen to you or your family.
5. Almost all dental problems are totally preventable by simple means. A regular home and professional maintenace routine is the key.
6. Dental Problems are usually Painless and symptom free until they have progressed to advanced stages. Thus a regular check-up is Absolutely necessary.
7. Dental cavities in Initial stages can be painlessly treated with simple effective long-lasting and economic means whereas Advanced dental cavities may require extensive and rather expensive treatment with root canal treatment, Crowns, etc..
7. A healthy Mouth is the gateway to a healthy body and Mind. It has been seen that children with dental diseases in childhood suffer from problems in learning, absence from school and low self esteem.
Prevention has three aspects:
a) Primary prevention: Preventing the disease from occurring in the first place. This is the best.
b) Secondary prevention: If a disease has started, Early diagnosis and early treatment to prevent propagation of the disease process.
c) Tertiary prevention: If a disease has occurred to a severe extent, Then its treatment and comprehensive rehabilitation to prevent other teeth and function from getting affected.