Pediatric dentistry

Pediatric dentistry or pedodontics is the branch of dentistry that treats the teeth of children and yound adults. Your pediatric dentists in bangkok  give advice, look after, and prevent oral or teeth problems.

Prevention and early detection are key in avoiding costly and painful dental treatment. Prevention begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause of decay and gum disease. The most important steps in maintaining oral health and preventing tooth decay are regular brushing and a balanced diet starting at an early age.

Common pedodontic dental treatments done at our pediatric dental clinic include:

When do I bring my child needs to visit the Dentist?

Most parents do ask the question when should they bring their chidlren for their first dental visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends to bring your child go to the dentist by the age of one years old or within six months after the child’s first tooth erupts. 

At BIDH pediatric dental clinic, our pedatric dentists keep records and tracks your child’s teeth progress on teeth development, overcrowding and growth. If you or your child’s pediatric dentist they do find any concern areas, this may be cared for or referred to other fields of specialists.

Having your child start early with a pediatic dentist provides them with a sense of routine medical care, simliar to having a medical vaccinations to re-enforce early oral hygiene and a first positive experience (without pain) can relieve potential anxiety or fear of seeking dental treatments. With today’s advances in dental technologies, having dental care is less invasive, more comfortable, faster and friendlier.

Dental Cavities - Markings and White Spots

If you notice brownish or dark holes, your child may have tooth decay. Teeth cavities is one of the major causes for tooth loss in children. Causes of tooth decay in children can occur from variety of reasons, but mainly is caused from plaque buildup that is not properly cleaned off. Some tooth decay reasons:

  • Eating foods with too much sugar
  • Previous dental fillings that your child may have but it is can wear away
  • Braces, retainers and existing bridges can attract bacteria that causes decay
  • Putting infants to bed with drinks containing sugar
  • Moms can pass on the bacteria that causes decay to their kids
  • Your chilld may simply have a more susceptible tooth
Teeth decay can appear on teeth surfaces, between teeth or along gumlines. If you notice marks on your child’s teeth or white spots, bring them to the pediatric dentist to check and resolve issues before they become a large problems. Even though primary teeth may eventually be replaced with permanent adut teeth, tooth decay in primary teeth should be taken care of as they are still used by your child to chew and bite for a certain period of time before their adult teeth erupts.
 
Cavities can starts on the surface of the teeth and worsens. It can cause permanent damage in as little as 6 months, cause teeth sensitivity and if left untreated with dental fillings, the tooth may be more severely damaged and may require a crown.
Gum disease - Bleeding or Swollen Gums
Children can get gum diseases or periodontal disease. Early signs of gum disease include swollen gums or gums that bleed easily. Gum diseases are be caused by the bacteria in plaque that is not brushed or flossed off properly. If not treated at an early stage, bleeding gums can lead to early tooth loss or loss of permanent teeth for old children.
 
Regular professional teeth cleaning and scaling followed by flouride treatment by a dentist will help to prevent bacteria buildup that irritate the gums and tooth decay and keep your child’s teeth strong and healthy.
Kids Teeth Sealants to Prevent Decay and Gum Disease
Sealants are done to coat the surface of teeth to prevent plaque buildup. Having sealants done does not excuse your child from not brushing and keeing their teeth clean, they will still need to brush well but sealant makes their teeth surface slippery reducing, but it will not eliminate plaque buildup. Sealants may also need to be patched up at times as it can wear off.
 
During sealant treatment, back teeth of chewing surfaces with pits and fissures (tiny grooves and depressions) where plaque commonly accumulates are painted with clear or shaded plastic materials.  Sealants form a thin covering over the pits and fissures to keep plaque and food out of the crevices. Therefore, it reduces the risk of decay.
 
Dental sealants is applied to both primary and permanent adult teeth and is a preventive measure.
Checkup and Monitoring of Teething, Thumb sucking, Malocclusion
During an bi-annual dental check, your dentist helps detect any potential concerns areas and does a professional teeth cleaning. When dental problems are diagnosed and treated early, treatment is normally less invasive and simple.
 
Our pediatric dentists are specially trained to take care of children. If you child is apprehensive about treatment, they can benefit from visiting a pediatric detntal specilaist.
 
Your child’s prediatric dentist assess the growth of the teeth and jaws, and monitor the eruption and shedding of primary teeth. Some children may such their thumbs as an infant habit that then feel secure and happy. Thumbsucking normally decreases after two years old, but some children prolonged their thumbsucking habits that may create problems for normal dental development. Issues such as these are monitored with you by your pediatric dentist.
 
X-rays are sometimes taken to see how the teeth and facial bones are developing and to find any hidden decay or unerupted primary teeth hindering the growth of permament teeth. The pediatric dentist recommend older kids to an orthodontist if malocclusion are detected, and provide you as a parent and your child on proper dental care.
Space maintainers for Eruption of Permanent Tooth and Overcrowding
A space maintenance may be reommended by your pediatric dentist for your child if a baby tooth is lost premature or mild teeth extracted due to tooth decay. These appliances keep the space open to allow the permanent tooth to erupt and come into place.
 
The presnece of baby teeth help to guide into position the development of permanent adult teeth, jaw bones and muscles. Sometimes, if a space is not maintained, teeth can shift into the open space and orthodontic treatment may be required. Space maintainers prevents malposition, supra-eruption, impaction, or crowding for developing permanent teeth. Not every child that loses a baby tooth early need a space maintainer, you may thereafter like to visit the pediatric dentist for advise.
Mouth guards, Sport guards to Protect against Injuries
If you have an active child, mouth protector may be opted to prevent injuries to teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. For activities that may involve falls, head contact, teeth clenching, car racing, flying equipment or impact sports from basketball to skateboarding, gymnastics to soccer, mouth guards help to cushion blows that might otherwise cause concussions or lead to jaw fractures. Mouth protectors may be ready-made or custom-made. 
 
Despite precautions, your child may sustain a facial or jaw injury. If the injury has impacted their teeth and jaw, you should bring them to see their pediatric dentist immediately. If the tooth has been dislodged, put the tooth back into its socket and hold it in place for five minutes whilst making way to our dental hospital. In some case, teeth that are reposition back within 30 minutes may possibly reattach themselves. If the tooth cannot be placed back, place the tooth in a cup of milk or water and visit our dental hospital. Do not scrub or cleanse the tooth.
 
 
Malocclusions and Jaw Pain
Malocclusion occurs when your upper and lower jaw has a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth.  Malocclusions can occur at any age, but they become noticeable between the ages of 6 and 12 when the permanent teeth erupt. There are several causes of malocclusions that may be treated. 
 
If yur child teeth is crooked, overcrowded, widely spaced out or if their upper and lower teeth does not come in contact properly, your pediatric dentists monitors this and discuss with you on interceptive orthodontic treatment at an early age or refer your child for orthodontic treatment when they are older to an orthodontist.

Pediatric Dentists Bangkok 

At BIDH pediatric dental clinic, our children dentists are specialists who trained in treating children dental issues. Pedodontists provide care to kids from toddlers to teenagers, and often young adults. At BIDH pediatric dental clinic, we see since the age of 6 months when first teeth erupts. Children typically visit their pediatric dentist till they are 18 years of age before visiting our general dentists. 
 
Our pediatric dentists has a DDS degree and continue their specialization on post-graduate pediatric dentistry that takes between 2-3 years. This allows our children dentist to provide in-depth care to your child with a focus on subjects like pediatric sedation, children’s orthodontics, and even things like child psychology and development.
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ASST.PROF.DR. VARANGKANAR JIRARATANASOPA DDS., MSC.,

  • Ph.D (Health research and management), Chulalongkorn University
  • MSc. (Pediatric Dentistry) Mahidol University
  • Graduate Certificate (Pediatric Dentistry) University of Queensland, Australia
  • Diplomate, Thai Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Thai Dental Council
  • DDS. Prince of Songkla University
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DR. PERMPOON CHAROENTUMNUKIT DDS.,MSc.,

  • MSc., Pediatric dentistry, Mahidol University
  • Certificate Pediatric Dentistry, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.
  • DDS. Thammasat University

Bangkok Pediatric Dental Clinic at BIDH Dental Hospital 

At BIDH pediatric dental clinic, we do have place facilities to cater to our young patients in making their experience a positive one during their bi-annual dental checkup. This include:

  • Pediatric treatment room with friend room decor
  • Play corner
  • Dental equipments and kits meant for children dentistry 
  • Digitalized x-rays with one of world’s lowest dose exposure for kids and patients safety 
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Pediatric Dental Care Instruction for Parents

As a parent, you can help keep your child teethm gums and smile healthy:
  • For babies, after each feeding by either breast or bottle, do gently wipe your baby’s gums with a clean gauze pad.
  • Especially once babies first teeth comes in, put only water during naptime or bedtime. Do not expose your child’s teeth to sugary liquids for long
    periods. 
  • You should start cleaning your child’s teeth as soon as they appear. You may like to brush and floss your child’s teeth daily until your child can be taught to do this alone. Young kids may be taught to brush teeth easily. Brushing technique may change when they get older and have good motor controls.
  • Bring your child to see the dentist. You can beginning at the age of six months or when your babies first teeth erupts.
  • Bi-annual dental visits are recommended, this may however vary for each child depending on habits and monitoring needs.
  • Healthy eating habits lead to healthy teeth. Choose nutritious snacks
    for your child, such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt, fruits,
    and low-fat cheese which are healthier and better for your
    children’s teeth
Your child’s pediatric dentist may advise you and your child on practices. Howevever, parents have a crucial role in following up teaching and guidance given. With combination help and efforts from both parties, your child will grow up with healthy teeth.

Pediatric FAQs

At what age should I bring my kids to see the dentist? What if my child has no dental probems, do I still see the dentist?

Bring your child to see a dentist when their first tooth erupts. This is usually between the age of 6 months to 1 year old as recommended by the .American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).

If you have passed this age and your child is much older without any concerns or dental issues, you should still bring your child to see the dentist at some point. A dental checkup is helpful to ensure that your child does not have any tooth decay that are sometimes non-visible. Your pediatric dentist also checks that teeth are erupting properly.

How are dentist for kids different from general dentists? Is it necessary to see a pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentists are dental specialists dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. Children dentist are trained to montior and look after a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
 
A  family dentist or general dentist can certainly care for your child’s teeth and help prevent cavities. They however do not normally provide the same specialized care with a pediatric dentist that undergoes additional years training to manage children. Simliar to bringing your child to visit a pediatrician, we would recommend taking your child to a pediatric dentist.
How much does it costs to visit a chilren dentist? Do they cost more?

The cost for pediatric dental treatments varies from dental clinic to another. The dental prices for children dentist at our pediatric dental clinic in bangkok is typically not more costly than for an adult treatment. Our denta fees are standardized and transparent. Treatment is charged based on what treatment is opted and required.

Pediatric dentistry at BIDH bangkok dental hospital is generally referred to a pediatric dental specialists that have extra training, specialized equipment, and experience. They take care of young children and are equipmed with the techniques and psychology to manage children dentistry.

For older kids that are in their adolescence, they may be assigned to a general dentist or referred directly to a specialists in their concern area. For example , braces treatments are looked after by orthodontists, root canal treatment by endodontists.  

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