Category: Teeth Maintenance

Category: Teeth Maintenance

Space Maintainers

Space Maintainers

A primary tooth is sometimes lost prematurely because of injury or tooth decay. If that happens before the permanent tooth is fully developed and ready to emerge; the nearby teeth can shift or “tip” into the space formerly occupied by the primary tooth. When the permanent tooth tries to grow into the spot, there may not be enough room. The new teeth may be unerupt or emerge lopsided, leading to crooked teeth.

A space maintainer holds the space left by a primary tooth until the permanent teeth is ready to emerge. Generally it is the device that is permanently cemented in the mouth. The paediatric dentist will later remove the spacer once the permanent tooth is in its proper position.

Different types of space maintainers are used for children are:

1. Band and loop space maintainers

2. Lingual arch space maintainers for lower teeth

3. Nance arch holding appliance etc.,

The type of space maintainers for that particular tooth or teeth is at the discretion of the pediatric dentist to decide.

Parental role in children’s oral health

Parental role in children’s oral health

One of the most important things we adults can do for young children is to model the kind of person we would like them to be – Carol B Hillman

Oral health is an integral part of the general health. Oral diseases are the most common and wide spread problem throughout the world, among that dental caries is the biggest one. Oral health related habits are established in early life.

The role of parent during child’s earliest years is a biggest influence in shaping their personality.

Child upbringing is one of the most formidable tasks of parents such as tooth brushing habits are important which will influence in their young age. So, promoting the knowledge and attitude about oral health maintenance in adults are very important, because this will influence the oral health of children at early age.

Most of the parents tend to ignore their children’s dental problem because the primary teeth will be replaced by permanent teeth and also because they are unaware of the causes of Early Childhood Caries and their treatment. So, parent’s contribution in this will lead to increased preventive dental care, which children will receive at home and use of professional dental care.

Parents have to use playful motivation to enhance their child’s brushing. Till six years it is advisable to parents to re-brush those areas which are hard to clean. At the age around 6, children are able to brush their own and can use proper technique. Although child can do, still it is advisable to the parents to continue their supervising in regular brushing.


Colour plays a vitally important role in the world in which we live. Colour can tilt thinking, modify actions, and cause reactions. On the other hand, it can irritate or soothe your eyes, raise your blood pressure or suppress your appetite. If the colour used in the right ways, it can even save on energy consumption.


Parents usually scare their children before coming to a dentist as they will put an injection which tends children to develop subjective fear on the dentist.

How do colours come into play?

There are certain psychological findings that some of the colours stabilize the mood swings in children.

Colours such as yellow and pink have some significant feature on influencing one’s mind.


  • This is a colour of optimism.
  • It stimulates the left brain helping with clear thinking and decision making.
  • It is used to relax, energize and enhance positive mood.


  • It is a colour of sensitivity.
  • It is associated with tenderness and nurturing while conveying a sense of safety.
  • It is used to communicate energy, increase pulse, motivate action, and encourage creativity.



In our clinic we have inculcated colour concepts in every aspect such as doctor’s apron which is usually white but we have a pink coloured coat to eliminate fear in children

Infrastructure of clinic and equipment has the same theme.



How to prevent caries?

  1. Brush twice a day quickly and effectively
  2. Do flossing/ interdental brush based on the space between teeth.
  3. Use fluoride containing mouthwash and toothpaste, if you are prone to caries.
  4. Avoid sugary and sticky food. In case of sugar consumption brush your teeth preferably after every meal.
  5. Drink lots of water and fluoride containing beverages.
  6. Eat crunchy, bright coloured and fibre containing foods like carrot, celery, apple, nuts, sprouts, bran, etc.
  7. Certain foods like cheese, milk, yogurt, seafood are known to prevent caries.
  8. Chew non sugary gums often because it increases your salivary flow.
  9. Avoid frequent snacking as it exposes your teeth to constant bacterial attack.
  10. Visit your dentist every 6 month to make sure no caries develop by applying sealants and fluoride varnishes. Give proper attention to any cavities in the beginning to avoid any pain or discomfort later