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Tag: pediatric dental center chennai

Did You Know that Mouth Breathing is Associated with Dental Problem

Did You Know that Mouth Breathing is Associated with Dental Problem


Like parents are aware that many things can affect their child’s future dental health: oral hygiene, diet, or habits like thumb sucking or teeth grinding. But there’s one you might not have even considered: is the way they breathe.

In Specific, we mean breathing primarily through their mouth rather than through their nose.

Chronic mouth breathing can cause dry mouth, which in turn increases the risk of dental disease. It deprives the body of air filtration that reduces possible allergens. There’s also a reduction in nitric oxide production, stimulated by nose breathing, which benefits overall health.

Mouth breathing could also hurt your child’s jaw structure development. When breathing through the nose, a child’s tongue rests on the palate (roof of the mouth). This allows it to become a mold for the palate and upper jaw to form around. Conversely with mouth breathers the tongue rests behind the bottom teeth, which deprives the developing upper jaw of its tongue mold. The general reason for mouth breathing would be allergy problems, for example, or enlarged tonsils or adenoids pressing against the nasal cavity and interfering with breathing. Abnormal tissue growth could also obstruct the tongue or lip during breathing.

Treatment for mouth breathing will depend on its particular cause. For example, problems with tonsils and adenoids and sinuses are often treated by an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist. Cases where the mandible (upper jaw and palate) has developed too narrowly due to mouth breathing may require an orthodontist to apply a palatal expander, which gradually widens the jaw. The latter treatment could also influence the airway size, further making it easier to breathe through the nose.

The best time for many of these treatments is early in a child’s growth development. So, to avoid long-term issues with facial structure and overall dental health, you should see your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect mouth breathing.

If you would like more information on issues related to your child’s oral development and its association with mouth breathing, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation with kidznTeenz and our experts Dr.Roshan Rayen and Dr. Hariharan would guide you better.

How to Take Care of an Autistic Child’s Oral Health?

How to Take Care of an Autistic Child’s Oral Health?

On this world autism awareness month, we the Team KidznTeenz would like to keep you informed about the Oral Health management in autistic child.

Taking care of an autistic child (or a child with any type of developmental disability) presents unique challenges to both the dental fraternity as well as parents. Children with autism can fall anywhere on the autism spectrum and therefore will have various needs.

Here are some ways to make sure your kid receives the very best oral health care possible!

Tips on Taking Care of Autistic Children’s Needs

  1. Depending on the child’s individual abilities, he or she may need help with brushing and flossing. It is important not to overlook these basic but very necessary oral hygiene practices if you want to prevent cavities and other issues. Try creating regular oral care routines for your child, such as brushing at the same time every night.
  2. Consider getting dental sealants to protect the child’s molars from decay. In fact, sealants are a good idea for most children.
  3. Some children with autism are especially sensitive to stimuli such as sounds and tastes. Parents can inform dentists and staff ahead of time about any particular needs their children may have in order to help the appointment run smoothly.
  4. Some autistic children will greatly benefit from the use of sedation during dental appointments, particularly if a lengthy procedure is needed. Sedation can help keep him or her calm throughout the procedure, which allows for a better experience for everyone involved.

Of course, one of the very best ways to take care of an autistic child’s oral health is to take him or her to a dentist who has extensive experience in helping children with disabilities. KidznTeenz is prepared to help any child get the care he or she needs with experienced doctors and call us @ 044-26162617

ALL You Need To Know about Frenectomy


A frenectomy is an oral procedure during which a frenum in the mouth is altered or removed with a laser. A frenum is an attachment between two soft tissues in the mouth, including the cheeks, lips, and gums. The two types of frenum are known as the labial frenum and the lingual frenum.

Benefits of Labial Frenectomy

The labial frenum is the tissue connecting the gum tissue between the two front teeth to the upper lip. If this frenum is located down too low on the gum tissue, a gap between the two front teeth can occur. It can also cause gum recession by lifting the gums off of the jawbone.

Benefits of a labial frenectomy include:

  1. Improves bite function
  2. Helps to reduce pain and discomfort
  3. Promotes self-confidence in children and teens by eliminating gaps in the smile

Benefits of A Lingual Frenectomy

The lingual frenum is the tissue connecting the underside of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If the lingual frenum is located too far forward on the tongue, it can restrict tongue movement. If untreated, it can restrict a child’s ability to eat and speak properly. Lingual frenum, also known as being “tongue-tied,” can also impede an infant’s ability to latch during breastfeeding or eating from a bottle.

Benefits of a lingual frenectomy include:

  1. Improves appetite and eating in infants and children
  2. Improves speech function

At kidznTeenz we do the procedures under laser and our experienced hands Dr. Roshan Rayen and Dr. Hariharan would do wonders for your kids. For more information regarding frenectomies, contact KidznTeenz. Our children’s dental clinic is in Anna nagar and you are most welcome.

Mouth guards for sports freak children

Mouth guards for sports freak children…. Is your child one among them?? We can help you….!!

Kids mouth guards help to protect teeth when the young ones are engaged in sports specifically the contact sports. Children are filled with endless amounts of restless energy, and sports provide them with a productive way to channel that energy.

Types of mouthguards and its protection

Mouthguards work by cushioning any blows to the wearer’s teeth. They reduce the risk of lacerating soft tissues like the cheek, tongue, or lips, and damage to teeth. A mouthguard can help to prevent your child from suffering the same fate. The popular types of mouthguards a child can use for sports include:

Stock mouthguards:

These are the least effective and cheapest type of mouthguard. They rarely fit well, and they often restrict breathing. These appliances are available at most grocery or sports stores. These types of mouthguards should only be used for sports that involve very little contact.

Boil and bite mouthguards:

These are typically made from rubber composites. These should be boiled before being used so the malleable material can be molded to fit the child’s teeth. The appliances are available at many sports stores, and they provide adequate protection for contact sports like basketball or wrestling.

Custom mouthguards:

These are the priciest type of mouthguard, but they are also the most effective. They can be made from a wide range of materials, and they are designed specifically for the child. The mouth guard should fit snuggly when worn, and it provides your child with the highest level of protection. It is most commonly used for activities like gymnastics, martial arts, skiing, skateboarding etc.,

Proper gear is often mandatory

The Indian Dental Association advises wearing custom mouthguards for sports like racquetball, martial arts, ice hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, boxing, basketball, wrestling, water polo, soccer, skiing, skateboarding, and rugby.

In many cases, schools and sports camps will require your child to have proper mouth protection to participate in these activities. It can take up to two weeks for a custom mouth guard to be made so plan ahead.

Give your child the best protection for teeth

A good mouthguard will protect your child’s teeth without making it harder for them to breathe. The importance of the latter should not be overlooked since not being able to breathe properly will diminish your child’s athletic performance. Give us a call or visit our experts Dr. Roshan Rayen and Dr. Hariharan with your child to get your doubts clarified on mouthguards for your little ones.

When to Be Concerned About Thumb Sucking…???

Thumb Sucking

Sucking is a normal baby reflex. It helps babies and toddlers feel secure and happy. It helps them learn about their world and their developing teeth. Thumb sucking is also soothing, and helps to induce sleep or calms the child when separated from their parents or when placed in a stressful situation.

The ISPPD recommends that children be encouraged to stop their thumb sucking habits by age four. The continuation of vigorous thumb sucking can lead to changes in the palate and teeth alignment. Proper bite is important for the adult teeth which are set to replace the baby teeth.”

Usually the child will begin to change and cease their thumb sucking habits with gentle encouragement from their family and peers. There are some tips that can help the situation.

Ways to Help Your Child to Quit Thumb Sucking

  1. Give praise when your child doesn’t suck their thumb. Being positive is very important.
  2. Notice when your child does it, and look for ways to distract them or to provide other options.
  3. If your child sucks their thumb when they feel anxiety, you should look for ways to alleviate that anxiety.
  4. Work with your pediatric dentist and have them explain the dangers of thumb sucking.
  5. Add a band aid or sock to your child’s hand as a reminder that thumb sucking should be avoided.
  6. Chart the progress and review the success with your child.

Being conscious of the thumb sucking problem and working with your child will help. Their forever smile depends on you and the good habits that you encourage.

For more doubts about thumb sucking. Walk in to KidznTeenz and our experts would guide and clarify all your doubts by calling us @ 9791035666

How to Maintain a Teeth and Gums Healthy?

Important Habits to Maintain a Teeth and Gums Healthy

While brushing and flossing are two of the most important daily habits for maintaining healthy teeth and gums, there are a few easy things you can do to help keep cavities away.

Brush Teeth at Least Twice per Day

Teach your children to brush their teeth at least twice per day using toothpaste that contains fluoride. To remove the plaque and harmful bacteria, you should brush for at least two minutes. Make it fun by singing a song like Happy Birthday or Jingle Bells twice while brushing.

Don’t Forget to Floss

Floss, Floss, Floss. Cavities like to hide between your teeth. Sometimes flossing is the only way to reach the food particles that get stuck between teeth. Teach your little ones to floss at least once a day.

Eat Nutritious Foods and Balanced Meals

Nutritious foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, are high in vitamins and minerals that are important for good dental health. What our children eat, or don’t eat, affects how their teeth develop.

Ask for Dental Sealants

To help reduce the risk of tooth decay on the permanent back molars, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children receive sealants as soon as they erupt, which is usually between six and twelve years of age. Dental sealants are a hard-plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) that create a barrier to protect them from acid and plaque, reducing the risk of cavities.

Schedule Regular Cleanings and Exams

Regular visit can help find potential problems early and help kids get used to visiting the dentist. We recommend you bring your child in every 6 months for a check-up. Schedule an appointment today.

Tooth decay can be prevented. With the right care and healthy habits, your child can grow up to have a lifetime of healthy teeth and smiles.

At Kidz n Teenz, we focus on preventive care and education to keep your little one’s teeth healthy.  We want to help you and your family avoid common dental health issues like cavities and decay, so we do everything we can to keep parents informed about proper oral hygiene habits. If you ever have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 9791035666.

Why public seek dental treatment as a last resort in India?

In the entire world there are three categories of countries – Developed , developing and under developed based on the global economic scenario . You might think why am I talking about this in this context?  Do we have some link in this regard to dentistry? Yes definitely there is a strong link cited in the Scandinavian  countries with scientific literature that developed countries take preventive attention to teeth much more than therapeutic attention .

The reason cited in developed countries is that their education background is much better and because of this more awareness to health and they have a better socio-economic balance in the country as a whole .  So the government itself is self-sufficient and people living are self sufficient for their basic needs and health care. Because of the above cited reason a lot of research and awareness activity is carried out in dentistry pertaining to preventive care . That is why they focus more on preventive care than therapeutic care .

In developing and under developing countries like India , China and African countries,  we are the other way round. We are more in the process of getting our basic needs balanced . So people get basic health access only when the problem arises, hence most of them resort at the last movement . Moreover teeth is considered as the most non-important organ in the body even though it is the most utilized organ in the body on a day to day basis . So public please take care of your teeth with a good dentist regularly and make teeth life simpler and healthier.

Note :  God’s given teeth for any reason cannot be matched by your dentist given teeth “

So , again I repeat    “ Take care of your teeth“ . 

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