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How to take care of your child’s teeth with Braces: 3 Tips to success!

Does your child have braces on? Do his/ or her braces make your child’s teeth look yellower? Do you feel the need to constantly remind your child to brush after food!

We understand how frustrating braces can be sometimes. On the one hand we need braces to correct crooked teeth, or a bite problem….on the other hand we need to be aware of how braces can affect our teeth!

The sad news is that your child can get tooth decay if brushing and routine oral care is not followed carefully. This is because braces have the tendency to get food and sticky yummies just that: stuck! Stuck between the tooth and the bracket for quiet a bit of time. This leads to decay cavities happening eventually from all the acid working on the tooth.

Not to worry though: help is on the way.  

Here are 3 simple steps to keep your child’s beautiful teeth sparkling clean:

  1. Get the right kind of toothbrush

Brushing teeth with braces is easier if you get the right brush for cleaning between and around braces. Always make sure you buy an orthodontic brush! Cleaning isn’t any simple like cleaning teeth without braces because you have to clean between wires and brackets where there may be deposits of plaque. There are special mini brushes, too, which are designed to clean between brackets. You can have these carried in your bag to clean per tooth individually after a meal. Also don’t forget electric brushes are the deal! They keep teeth smooth and shiny for longer- meaning less food stuck between brush times!

  1. Rinse with a mouthwash regularly

If your child is 8 years and above, you can use a mouthwash regularly to help clean plaque deposits between teeth and the braces. This practice also helps to reduce cheek and gum inflammation that may be triggered by braces. It’s recommended to use mouthwash that can also protect against gingivitis and of course has fluoride to protect the enamel of the tooth from decay and cavities.

  1. Floss everyday

Don’t miss flossing even with wires on your teeth. Using it at least once a day is crucial to prevent plaque build-up and remove food particles stuck between teeth. Super floss has so many advantages over regular floss for kids with braces. Also you can think of Air flosser (which is an electric flosser) that can deliver mouthwash or water between the teeth. This decreases food trapped between teeth and definitely gum inflammation as well.

For more information about flossing and flossers read this blog.

Recommendations: How often the cleaning should be done?

Brushing and flossing both should be a part of daily dental cleaning routine. If possible, it is recommended to clean between all your teeth after each meal. If that’s not possible, rinsing your teeth with mouthwash after meals and brushing twice a day will maintain the hygiene.

A few tips for effective dental care with braces on:

  1. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months
  2. Don’t miss any of your appointments with the dentist
  3. Avoid carbonated drinks and sticky food
  4. Help you child with brushing until they are 10 years of age
  5. Replace a broken bracket that is trapping a lot of food if needed

Brushing teeth with braces requires patience and guidance from your best pediatric dentist in Dubai. Don’t forget to see your dentist for children regularly to keep your child’s teeth healthy and happy with braces.

For more about the topic please watch this video, leave your comments or questions down below and “To a lifetime of healthy happy smiles!”

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So don’t delay your child his first Pediatric dentist visit, at our pediatric dentistry clinic in Dubai health care city you can schedule an appointment, we will be happy to give you your child the best dental care.

“To a lifetime of healthy happy smiles!”

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Ramadan is back! What a beautiful time of year to celebrate the holy month and keep beautiful healthy teeth!

What are some of the top tips for maintaining a healthy oral hygiene routine during Ramadan for you and your little one?

Oral hygiene during the holy month of Ramadan does not differ from your routine dental hygiene- don’t forget bacteria flourish when we don’t brush it away!

  • Brush twice a day as usual even through the fasting period for at least 2 minutes.
  • Floss at least once a day per sleeping.
  • Clean the tongue using tongue scrapers.
  • Use a fluoridated mouthwash for kids 8 year plus.

Ramadan Kareem to you and your awesome family. May this month bring even more blessings and love to your heart and life.

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.مبارك عليكم قدوم شهر رمضان المبارك الذي ندعو الله عز وجل ان يوفقنا جميعا على
 صيامه وقيامه على الوجه الذي يحبه ويرضاه وان يعيده علينا جميعا ونحن بأتم الصحة والعافية

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So don’t delay your child his first Pediatric dentist visit, at our pediatric dentistry clinic in Dubai health care city you can schedule an appointment, we will be happy to give you your child the best dental care.

“To a lifetime of healthy happy smiles!”

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How to care for your infant’s oral health?

Some of the most important questions I get asked in my children’s dental clinic are:

Really? I need to clean my child’s mouth so early?! Why is taking care for your infant’s oral health important?

How can I care for my child infant’s oral health?

When should I start giving my child oral care?

How to care for my child’s gums and emerging teeth?

Do I need to clean my child’s gums before his teeth come in?

Keep on reading…

Who said we need teeth to start oral health; whether your child has teeth or doesn’t, it is important to care for your child’s teeth and your infant’s oral health from birth and during his first few months!

You heard that right: from birth or first month of life! That’s when you should clean your infant’s mouth!

Believe it or not, the first few months of life dictate the scene for your baby to have healthy mouth or not! It is actually the time where bacteria first sets foot in a mouth!

Needless to say, healthy teeth are important to your child’s overall health. They help your baby chew, eat, form sounds, speak and smile. They also affect the way your baby’s jaw grows.

My advice that your baby’s oral health should always be a major priority because with good oral care, their teeth remain healthy for decades to come.

Practicing healthy habits can prevent or reduce tooth decay (cavities) in infants and children, and make your baby grows. On the other hand, poor oral care can lead to infection, disease, or other teeth problems.

Here are 4 simple steps for caring for your babies’ mouth for a future healthy smile:
  1. Care for Your Child’s Gums:

    Even your child still doesn’t have teeth, it’s still important to care for his gums, simply you have to:

  • Use a soft cloth moistened with warm water.
  • Wrap it around your fingers.
  • And gently massage your child’s gums.

Preferably do this after every feeding, as this removes any leftover formula or milk and prevents bacteria buildup, if you don’t, you’ll let a harmful bacteria which will damage your child teeth as they begin to emerge. If the bacteria remain in your child’s mouth, his risk for developing decay increases!

Watch this video to know more about the topic:

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  1. Care for Your Child’s Teeth:

    Between 3 months to 3 years, your child teeth will start teething, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentist (AAPD), this is when your child should start brushing and flossing as main part of their daily oral health care routine.

Brush the first tooth with a baby brush- a soft bristled brush. The best advice is to stop using the finger silicone brush when your child’s first milk tooth makes an entrance. Teeth need to be brushed with a baby brush. A baby sonic brush is a great asset in cleaning well and getting the child used to babies dental care and health.

  You can read more from these blogs:

  • Teething: All you need to know!
  • Why Should My child floss? All you need to know!
  1. Visit a Pediatric Dentist:

    your child should be seen by a pediatric dentist, according to the AAPD, recommend that you should take your child to the pediatric dentist within six months after her first tooth erupts, or by his first birthday, whichever is earlier.

  2. Be wary of the Sugar attack:

    Sugar and bacteria are such a lethal mix for baby’s teeth. If your child’s teeth are getting darker or have a black color, be careful and read on.

Here is the advice:
  1. Avoid giving your child a bottle filled with juice at naptime, because this can cause tooth decay.
  2. If your baby won’t fall asleep without a bottle, better to replace it with water to avoid any dental problems.
  3. Try to Decrease your child’s sugar consumption, particularly between meals, because sugar feeds bacteria that can damage your child’s teeth.
  4. Be sure to clean your child’s gums and teeth after the consumption of formula or breast milk as they both contain sugar naturally occurring in milk.
  5. Avoid put anything sweet on your child’s binky to encourage to use it.


Early Oral Health gives your child the best beautiful smile he/ she deserves and needs.

Baby teeth are functionally important during childhood and also serve a critical role as future place for permanent teeth. By giving them care and attention from the very beginning, you can strengthen oral health and develop a great foundation for a bright, charming future smile.

So don’t delay your child his first Pediatric dentist visit, at our pediatric dentistry clinic in Dubai health care city you can schedule an appointment, we will be happy to give you your child the best dental care.

“To a lifetime of healthy happy smiles!”

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Why Is Flossing Important? When should a child start flossing? How should I floss my child’s teeth? My child’s gums bleed when I floss- what should I do? How do I teach my child to floss?

These and many more questions we get asked a lot in our pediatric dentistry clinic. Here is why flossing is super important even for your little one.

According to the American Dental Association children should start flossing once their teeth begin to fit together and grow in snug contact between one another. This happens mostly between 3 and 6 years of age. This is why the recommendation is to floss children’s teeth at least once a day, before or after meals.

Here Are 4 Reasons Why Flossing is Important, How Can It Help?
  1. To clean the gaps:

    while brushing you cleanse the surface of your teeth that is accessible to a brush; but how about the rest! Did you know that: Forty percent (40%) of the tooth surface is actually between the teeth. Flossing cleans the gaps between the teeth, as well as under the gum line and remove the leftover food that brushing definitely does not reach.

  2. To prevent cavities:

    Think about it left over food if it is allowed to stay for a while, the bacteria start to ferment it and cavities do develop. The problem with cavities that start between the teeth is they go undiagnosed for quiet a bit of time before their discovery! The reason is they are not visible to the naked eye. Only when their size grows much and is then visible they can be seen, at this point, the cavity has progressed enough and endangers the exposure of the nerve!

  3. To prevent gum disease:

    It is a definite cycle of decay and gum disease caused by bacteria fermenting leftover food stuck between the teeth. If gum disease harbors bacteria, decay cavities can start between teeth too!

  4. To control bad breath:

    Bacteria lead to bad breath. Most of the bacteria are present on the tongue – Read This Blog: Three Facts Why Your Child Suffers from Bad Breath – that’s a fact. However, the rest of the bacteria accumulate around the gums and between the teeth; the areas that are brushed the least and reached the least with the brush.

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Here are 4 important tips:
  1. Use the most effective flossing tool for your child whether it’s the normal tape, or a stick floss or even an airflosser, they all do the trick! Ask your dentist for children for his opinion as to which suits your child’s needs better.
  2. Floss at night to make sure your child teeth are squeaky clean before he/she goes to bed.
  3. Make flossing fun and easy and don’t forget to do it for them until they are 8 or 10 and then supervise them there after.
  4. When your child first begins flossing, his gums may bleed a little. No need to worry! This is common. The more the floss, the less the gum bleeds and the less the dental problems. If the bleeding does not go away though after the first few times, let your pediatric dentist know at your next appointment.
Here are 3 easy steps that can make flossing fun and easy:
  1. Use Kid-friendly flossers which were designed for children’s small mouths and sensitive gums.
  2. Use age-appropriate products can help young children have a positive relationship with oral health and get them used to daily flossing habit.
  3. Make activities and games to help them learn how flossing works:
    • Make a fake mouth to show the need for floss.
    • Let your child wrap the floss around his/her fingers to practice the technique.
    • Kindly, remind your child to floss every day, you can use a colored chart.
    • Watch them while flossing, to show them that they are doing a good job.
    • Let them shop for flossing products, to motivate them to use it.
Techniques to floss your child’s teeth:
  1. Floss holders, small Y-shaped devices that hold floss.
  2. Floss threads, which you can use as the following:
    • Wrap the ends of an 18-inch (46 cm) to 24-inch (61 cm) section of floss around your middle fingers, brush your teeth after.
    • Hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers of both hands.
    • Use your thumbs to floss your upper teeth, and gently slide the floss between your teeth.
    • Use a gentle up and down motion to clean the area.
    • Repeat the process between each tooth.
    • Don’t forget the backs of your rear molars, it can be a little bit harder to get in there.
    • Rinse your mouth out with water when you’re done flossing.
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  1. Use the Air flosser interdentally between the back molars for children.

We know you do want healthy teeth and healthy gums for your child, just as much as we want to see them always with great smiles! Remember the earlier you start this habit, the healthier their mouths are!

At a child dentist in Dubai health care city, the aim is to give the best kids dental care they need and deserve. Book your appointment today.


To a lifetime of healthy happy smiles!”

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Have you noticed that your child’s teeth are coming out all yellow! That they are much darker in comparison to the baby teeth?


Is that bothering you at all?

This is one of the most frequent questions we get from parents of 6 and 7-year-old kids who happen to be getting new adult teeth in. There are many reasons for them to be coming through yellow.

Here are 5 reasons why:
  1. It’s just that:
    Yellow. The most common reason in the color difference between the permanent teeth and baby teeth is the difference in the tooth structure. That’s why yellow permanent teeth are actually the normal color! In permanent teeth! there is more dentin (which is yellow in color) and less enamel as compared to more enamel (whiter color) and less dentin in milky teeth.
  2. Plaque deposits:
    Sometimes when a child’s baby tooth turns yellow especially on the gum margin this probably is the build up of plaque that signifies bacterial activity!
  3. Decay spots:
    Sometimes when plaque buildup is allowed to stay for prolonged period of time, this leads to early signs of tooth decay. Early tooth decay is not typically black or brown; it can start as a white chalky lesion or even a yellow stain that is not removed by brushing.
  4. Tooth trauma:
    Children are prone to hits and falls. When a child falls on a baby tooth, there is a danger of it loosing its nerve supply and either turning black or turning yellow.
  5. Enamel damage:
    There is a new condition being recognized by expert pediatric dentists which is called “MIH or Molar Incisior Hypomineralization”.
What is Molar-Incisor Hypomineralisation?

This is a defect in the enamel layer that leads to a patchy enamel appearance whether it shows as yellow spots, or even yellow bands on the tooth; this is a serious condition. MIH is a condition where the enamel of an adult tooth does not form properly. 

The problem when enamel is defective is that it no longer serves its job of protecting the tooth and the nerve inside. Most children who have MIH suffer from tooth sensitivity inability to brushthe teeth chronic pain avoidance of eating or chewing on the affected side.

They taken Dentists who place large restorations that keep breaking up!

The MIH leads to poorly-formed teeth in the mouth with many consequences that can happen.

It often affects their first permanent molar teeth and/or the central incisors! which come through when your child is around six years of age.

This is a serious cause for concern and you need to visit your dentist for children to tackle this issue.

We do not recommend whitening treatments or products for children, because time resolves the issue.

If your child’s teeth are stained have spots on them! or cause your child stress, please come in to see us. Our dentists in Dubai can evaluate your child teeth to find out any medical reasons for the discoloration and discuss safe and effective whitening ways.

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Depending on the reason, we always have a solution in pediatric dentistry: Here are 4 main recommendations:
  1. Good oral hygiene:
    First and foremost regular brushing and flossing and good dental habits will resolve any issue any time. Especially if plaque is the main reason behind your child’s teeth shining yellow this will be instantly resolved and the gums will even be healthier.
  2. Trauma:
    If the discoloration is due to trauma, it is best to come for follow up care from the specialist dentist in your child’s oral health care. Timely intervention stops the progress of tooth damage and consequently the change of color.
  3. Tooth-Friendly Diet:
    It is best to follow a tooth friendly diet that does not help in staining teeth even more! Like colored candy with artificial colorings are really a tooth’s worst enemy! Not to mention highly acidic food and sour candy!
  4. MIH treatment:
    If it is confirmed that your child does suffer from an enamel defect, depending on the size of this defect, the kids dentist can be advising of the need for a fissure sealant. Read this Blog: Sealants: What are those? How do they protect my child’s teeth? protect the damaged part of the enamel. If the damage is more severe most expert pediatric dentists’ would advice of a crown coverage whether it is a silver colored crown or even an esthetic white or zirconia crown; covering an MIH affected permanent tooth does help the tooth stay in function much longer pain free and worry free.

Hope this helped !

Needless to say, whitening treatments or products are not recommended for children at all.

If you are still concerned about the color of your child’s teeth please do come to see our pediatric dentistry clinic in Dubai Health Care City. We can help you with your child dental care needs and whether your child needs a dentist for toddlers or you need some advice about children’s dental health; we are here to help.

Book your appointment today.

 “To a lifetime of healthy happy smiles!”

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“Look new teeth are coming through!”

Is the most joyous comment a parent can make with regards to the little cute baby toddler who is just smiling obliviously not knowing he is the proud owner of a new set of teeth!

Now I get these questions a lot in the clinic, doctor my baby is teething what can I do!

What tools should I use to clean my child’s teeth?

When should we use toothpaste?

How do I make my child’s diet good for his teeth?

Thanks for asking it too and thanks for being here.

Helping your child proactively teeth is a gift you can give yourself for the future.

Here are 10 tools to use to take good care of your children’s oral care for infant’s teeth early on, during teething stages:
  • Brush the first tooth: 

Their teeth need the cleanliness as much as our teeth do. If they already have teeth don’t be scared to brush their teeth for them. Early infant hood is a window where the mouth is actually acquiring its fair share of a bacterial ecosystem.

All this means is if you brush your baby’s teeth, he will have good bacteria in his mouth instead of bad ones. 

Starting on this habit early has many advantages namely:
    • Preventing decay this early on.
    • Brushing wars! never having to experience brushing wars if they are used to the habit of brushing their teeth.

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  • Teethers:

Get a teether brush and help him use it throughout the day. Keep it in the fridge and give it to him constantly so the teething brush massages the gums regularly and makes it smother for the teeth to erupt through.

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  • Chilled fruits and vegetables:

They are a charm! you get the vitamins in and at the same time the child is munching on something healthy for a change- not the couch or something of the floor or even the dog.

It is good to give it at regular intervals for the cooling effect to be maintained.

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  • Teething biscuits:

The secret ingredient to look out for is basically a bit of cinnamon that adds a soothing and calming effect to the gums.

  • Towels and toys:

Did you know that sometimes some children just prefer a chilled towel or even a chilled fluffy toy bunny? That can work out as a teething tool too.

Washed daily it shouldn’t be an issue at all!

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  • Teething gels:

There was a big scare from teething gels recently that can lead to problems for a baby – a condition called “Methemoglobinemia”. It simply means less oxygen in the blood reaching the infant’s brain. needless to say it is a serious condition and should be avoided.

The FDA issued a warning in 2012 warning parents against any teething gel that contains benzocaine. Therefore, there is a need to find a safer alternative like gengiegl. This paste contains hyaluronic acid- a natural component present in healthy gums. It helps the gums “heal” and therefore the teeth to break through much quicker much easier.

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  • Toothpaste:

A lot of parents are concerned about using toothpaste at this young age. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry children should use a smear of toothpaste as soon as the baby teeth erupt.

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  • Safe Diet:

A balanced diet is one of the best gifts we can make the child get used to from an early age. Servings of fruits and vegetables deliver the right vitamins to help those teeth to come out quicker. As much as we can we should avoid sugary treats and carbs or starches. If we would like the child to develop a sweet tooth and to avoid child tooth pain, this is the best time to do it.

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  • Massage:

A gentle massage can give your child a lot of comfort and lessen your child tooth pain. first, wash your hands, then massage the sore areas in your child’s mouth using your finger.

  • Delaying the introduction of any form of sugary snacks including honey maple syrup or even dates, cause this way you’ll let sugar from pooling around the teeth and creating a breeding ground for decay.
We do need to, realize though that they do have teeth and have gums:

By using these tools you’ll be easing your child teething pain and easing the eruption of one baby tooth after the other with ease and happiness.

It’s important to know that teething can be uncomfortable and painful, but it doesn’t mostly keep your child sick, so you have to make sure to book an appointment with your pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, especially if your child has:

  • high fever.
  • Rashes.
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhea, or
  • Cough and congestion.

According to AAP, children must see a pediatric dentist by age one, who will make sure that all your child teeth are growing normally and there is no problem requires medical treatment.

Hope this helps! At our pediatric dentistry clinic in Dubai health care city we strive to give your toddler or child the best dental care for children they deserve and more. Pediatric dentistry for toddlers is not easy but it is super rewarding with these beautiful pearly white sparkly smiles.

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Root canal Treatment for children: All you need to know!

Did you hear the words: Your child’s baby tooth needs a root canal!

What! Really! I had no idea that baby teeth need root canal treatment!

Really milk teeth need such extensive procedures too just like adult teeth!?

Are all these questions and many more running through your mind right now?

Sad but true! Children are prone to get decay just like adults too! Actually even more so prone because of their sweet eating monstrous abilities and lack of cooperation for brushing.

The reason why a root canal maybe needed is: to prevent further damage to the tooth, the nerve of the tooth and the adult tooth.

Here is what you need to know about root canal treatments for baby teeth:

Root canal treatment, which is also called pulp therapy, is an effective therapy that stops your child’s tooth pain. It protects your child’s tooth from being lost because of tooth decay or abscess infections.

Are you wondering: Don’t milky teeth fall out eventually?

True, milky teeth do fall out between the ages of 6 years for front teeth and 12 years for back molars. However, there are many important reasons for saving your child’s baby teeth as long as possible using root canal treatment. In fact, baby teeth are equally as important as adult teeth for us to hang onto.

Not only do Baby teeth have a very significant role to guide the growth and eruption of permanent teeth. Moreover, treating baby teeth prevents a child from experiencing pain and even worse dental abscess or facial cellulitis (a medical condition where the face swells up as a result of pus collecting because of an infected baby tooth).

Why do my child’s teeth need root canal therapy?

When a child develops a cavity that is not treated in time, the bacteria that lead to the cavity is able to reach the nerve of the tooth- which is the innermost layer of the tooth. Left in the nerve bacteria has such potential for causing further harm as it progresses along in the tooth and the jaws. 

What are the symptoms that indicate that my child needs a root canal?
  • Symptoms that You May Notice:
    • Tooth pain. Your child might complain of pain spontaneously or perhaps at night before sleeping. He also may wake you up in the middle of the night crying in pain. The problem is this pain may disappear for a few days especially if you take any medication to numb the tooth ache. However, it usually returns much worse than before and no medications work then!
    • Symptoms of infection like gum tenderness and swelling. Gum tenderness starts with a small red localized swelling around the tooth in question. It does eventually grow and sometimes it can lead to a swelling involving the entire face or even the eyes. This is pretty serious and it is better to rush to a local hospital especially if the child shows signs of fever and looking fatigued with no energy. Another sign can be a swollen lymph node and difficulty swallowing.

Do note that symptom experience varies from one child to the next. Your child may not have every symptom, and some children do not experience any symptoms at all! Weird but true!

  • Symptoms that Your Dentist May Notice:

Your dentist should examine your child every 6 months. Regular visits to the dentist will keep your child’s teeth healthy. There are several signs and symptoms tells the dentist that your child needs a root canal which can’t be noticed by you or any untrained eye, including:

    • If your child’s tooth is darker in color after a hit to a front tooth
    • If your child has Drainage from infection or a sinus tract next to a tooth
    • Your child’s gum change in color

Your child’s dentist can find out these signs during regular checkups. If your pediatric dentist sees that your child may need a root canal, X-rays will be needed to diagnose properly.

Are baby root canals necessary for my child?

Absolutely! They do after all save a baby tooth from the impending doom of being extracted. After all, baby teeth were created for a reason! Think of all the amazing blessings your toddler or child uses his teeth for. Not only does that beautiful smile keep you going, but your child needs his teeth to digest food properly, to chew properly and learn to pronounce the words properly! Believe me, it is not “just a baby tooth that will fall out later,” if the baby tooth is left untreated, the infection will spread and it will affect your child’s permanent tooth. Moreover, it will cause pain, affect badly your kid’s eating diet, focus in school and your child may develop a bad infection that will require antibiotics or worse hospitalization.

Is Baby root canal Therapy safe for my child?

Absolutely Yes. Baby root canal treatment is safe for children. It takes place in the dentist office. An expert pediatric dentist will perform the procedure accurately, properly, in a time efficient manner and will use safe materials in the procedure that are compatible with your child’s body and cause no harm.

Root canal for children is not as complicated as root canal for adults. It is a much simpler procedure that is over in half an hour tops!

How to Prepare my Child for Root Canal Treatment?

Let’s agree. The outcome from the visit is for your child to sit and cooperate with the dental appointment to do the root canal treatment. Let’s be honest. It probably is a lengthy procedure and most kids are not too psyched about it. Describing the visit in kid-friendly language and giving your child an idea about the reason why we need to do a root canal- will definitely help the child understand and cooperate.

Baby Root canal’s procedure may be little discomfort, but it is very effective in relieving tooth pain! Anesthesia is used to block the sensation of pain and laughing gas or nitrous oxide can be used to help the child relax and focus elsewhere.

Ideally after a root canal is done, your specialist pediatric dentist in MyPediaClinic – Dubai advises you of fitting a stainless-steel crown or a zirconia crown for children. Baby teeth after root canals become weak and may break, which may mean the tooth will not serve the child for the entire duration we want it to.


“To a lifetime of healthy happy smiles!”

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In the previous Blog, We talked about: When to see the dentist? and How will your child’s first visit be? In this blog we would explain How to prepare your child to the first dental visit? and Why should you visit a pediatric dentist?


We know you are worried about your first child dental visit and wondering “when should my child’s first visit to the dentist be?” You are not alone! Read on to know when to bring your child to visit the best pediatric dentist for the job.

How to prepare your child to the first dental visit?

You, as a parent, play a significant role in making the first dental visit or even future visits smoother. You have some tips for you before visiting the dentist:

  • Don’t Schedule your child’s visit in his/her naptime
  • Make sure that your little one has a light meal and brushes his/her teeth before the visit
  • You should talk about the dentist in a very positive way using terms that your child like:” Let’s go for a ride in the dentist office chair.” If you would like to know more information about making the dental visit enjoyable experience, read this blog: My child refuses Dental Treatment? Help!

Five Don’ts for an upcoming visit to the dentist

Here are 5 things to avoid for a happier visit to the dentist:

  1. Don’t tell your child to be brave- this presumes there is something to worry about! Let’s just presume your child already is.
  2. Don’t tell your child that it won’t be painful. This presumes something WILL hurt not the opposite! Children do not understand the word “don’t”. When you say it wont hurt, in their mind, “IT WILL HURT…A LOT”.
  3. Don’t use the dentist as a punishment (please)! Avoid threats like “if you don’t brush your teeth, the dentist will pull them out”
  4. Don’t bribe your kid to visit the dentist. A bribe is a negative sign that something will hurt. A reward on the other hand is much desired and can teach the child better coping strategies.
  5. Don’t be worried. Avoid getting trapped in your own anxiety, your child can sense it. Breathe relax and be cool. Your child will do well especially if you go to a specialist for children’s dentistry and it is your child’s first visit!
Why should you visit a pediatric dentist?

It is best to take your child to a trained professional who only deals with children. A pediatric dentist took 3 years of extra training after dental school to be able to deal with your child in the best way possible.

In our pediatric dental office in Dubai, we use many behavioral techniques that including positive reinforcement and speaking in kid-friendly words to help overcome your child’s fears and make him/her seeing the dentist an enjoyable experience. Our pediatric dental office is bright, cheerful and full of fun activities. When the dentist’s office is exciting, exams and treatments will be easy peasy lemon squeezy! Promise!

Hope this helps. Do get in touch for your queries, questions or even daily struggles.

 “To a lifetime of healthy happy smiles!”

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