What does an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon do?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs surgery of the mouth, jaw and face. Some of the common types of surgeries are dental implants, correction of cleft palates and impact injuries or fractures that require immediate attention and correction. Normally, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon is referred to by your general dentist. 

Mouthwash for Children

Mouthwash should only be used by children who are aged six or over. This is because younger children tend to swallow the mouthwash instead of spitting it out. Even those children who are over the age of six need some amount of supervision while they master the technique of gargling with the mouthwash. Most mouthwashes contain alcohol and fluoride, giving them a strong taste. While fluoride is necessary, too much of it causes damage to teeth that are still developing. However, mouthwash that is made for children contains very little alcohol and is available at all leading pharmacies and supermarkets.  

The Shape of your Tooth and Cavities

Teeth have different shapes and sizes. Teeth that have deep grooves are susceptible to cavities because they tend to catch and retain food particles easily. These teeth are hard to clean because at their deepest point, the groove is close to the root of the tooth. Any erosion of enamel around this point will make the tooth vulnerable to sensitivity and pain. If left uncleaned or partially cleaned, decay in these grooves will cause cavities. Thus, it is important to use mouthwash regularly and also ensure that you brush your teeth effectively, two or three times a day. 

Brushing Your Child's Teeth

Many parents ask us when should their child start brushing on their own. This actually varies from child to child but most children under the age of eight need some guidance while brushing their teeth. Irrespective of whether you are still brushing your child’s teeth or just supervising, make sure you follow these guidelines: 

  1. Brush your child's teeth at least twice a day - in the morning and before bed. 

  2. Spend at least two minutes brushing your child's teeth.

  3. Look for a brush that is suitable for your child’s age. 

  4. Start cleaning between your child’s teeth. 

For any questions or clarifications, do get in touch with us. 

Your Child’s Diet

Children have the highest risk of developing cavities. This is because they eat more frequently and still learning how to brush their teeth effectively. So it absolutely crucial that their teeth are brushed properly with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day. More importantly, it is necessary to give them healthy snacks that have a good portion of fruits and vegetables. This helps in keeping their teeth free from cavities. Keeping your child away from sugary foods and drinks is important for healthy teeth. Make sure to keep track of your child’s toothbrush and replace it when it begins to show wear or once every two months.