Pediatric dentist or Children's dentist

Pediatric Dentistry (Dental Treatment for children)

At Smile Store, we believe it is never too early to start taking care of your child’s oral health.

By nurturing a good oral health routine, you give them the gift of healthy teeth and gums. This will greatly impact your child’s health in the future.

1) At what age should I get a dental check-up for my child?

As soon as the first tooth erupts the child should get a dental check-up.

  • We check for cavities and other habits like thumb sucking, mouth breathing etc.
  • We show the child and parents their teeth using a camera.
  • We show them the proper brushing technique.
  • Suggest which toothbrush and toothpaste to use.
  • We also identify high-risk children and implement preventive treatment.

This helps the parents to maintain good dental hygiene for their kids


2) What happens during the first dental visit?

We ensure that each child receives the best dental care possible.

We also offer our patients a Dental Clinic Trip, where you can bring your child to the dentist before their actual appointment, for a friendly introduction to the clinic and dentist. They can meet Dr Jayshree and even sit in the chair, before their actual treatment, so they know that there is nothing to be worried about. These fun and educational visits create a positive association in your child’s mind.

We give them a dental gift so that they are happy at the end of their visit

We also encourage the parents to be examined first. This gives the kids confidence to sit on the dental chair.

Our friendly and dedicated team will do everything they can to welcome your little ones and help them feel at ease so that their visit is a stress-free and educational one.

To book an appointment with the children's dentist, contact Smile Store today

3) Why are milk teeth important?

Milk teeth control the development of the jaw muscles, jaw bone, and shape of the jaw which provide suitable space for permanent teeth.

The health of milk teeth directly affects the health of permanent teeth so it is very important to keep them healthy and in check.

Key roles they play:

• Chewing: Children need their teeth to chew food. And if the milk teeth are decayed or not in a state to save, the child will not only suffer from discomfort, pain, etc but they would have difficulty chewing their food or develop a habit of gulping directly. This will lead to improper digestion of the food or unable to eat leading to malnourishment and therefore affecting their growth.

• Self-confidence: As childhood is supposed to be a very important phase, it is a phase where the child is affected by their surroundings and people. Having early caries or blackened teeth or bad breath can lead to serious teasing in school making them unable to smile which affects the child's self-confidence. So taking care of their teeth at an early age becomes very important for them to smile confidently.

• Development of speech: Milk teeth play a key role in speech as the tongue moves with the presence of the teeth producing proper pronunciation that without teeth would not be possible. Children usually find it difficult to pronounce sounds like "th" and "f" in the absence of their front teeth. Proper alignment of the teeth enables clear speech and words.

• Facial development: Milk teeth are needed for normal growth of the jaw and the shape of the jaw. Primary teeth help in maintaining the space in the jaw for permanent teeth for their full growth and better alignment. Therefore milk teeth help in giving the face its shape and form.

The age of eruption of permanent teeth usually ranges from 6 years and the last permanent tooth erupts by 12-14 years of age. So it is very important to maintain all milk teeth till 12-14 years of age.


4) What are dental sealants?

Dental sealants are white filling materials placed in the pits and grooves of the teeth. It creates a smooth surface thus protecting the tooth from decay.

Recommended for

  • They are mainly used in permanent molars when they erupt.
  • They are also placed in milk teeth in children who are at higher risk of tooth decay. Molars have deep grooves in them leading to food accumulation and thus cavities, dental sealants are used as a preventive measure to avoid any decay or cavities.


  • We clean the tooth with a gel and leave it for 15 to 20 seconds.
  • We thoroughly rinse the gel using water and then dry the area completely.
  • Then we carefully flow the Sealant from one end of the groove to the other and cure it with a blue light.
  • It sets in 20 secs
  • We then check the bite to see if it is not interfering with biting


  • This will protect the tooth from all the acidic food and drinks
  • No drilling hence children are less afraid to get it done
  • They are long-lasting with good oral hygiene.
  • Saves money by avoiding other extensive treatment.
  • The process is quick and painless.

5) What is fluoride treatment?

Fluoride treatment is a preventive treatment in which a sticky varnish is painted onto the teeth.


  • We begin with drying the teeth completely.
  • Then fluoride gel is applied using a brush.
  • It is allowed to dry for 2 minutes
  • Patient is asked not to rinse or drink or eat anything at all for the next 1 hour
  • The patient is advised not to brush that day for better interaction between fluoride and teeth.


  • It helps to make the teeth more resistant to decay
  • Reduces risk of cavities.
  • Slows the growth of cavities.


  • Twice a year for children who are at high risk for cavities.
  • When the child's permanent teeth erupt.
  • For milk teeth when there are initial signs of cavities

6) What are space maintainers?

If a child loses a milk tooth early due to cavity, trauma etc. Then the permanent tooth loses the natural guidance to erupt in the proper position.

Adjacent teeth can start moving in that Extraction space thus blocking the permanent teeth out of the arch.

A space maintainer is a ring-like structure that holds the adjacent teeth thus guiding the permanent tooth into the right position.

This allows maintaining the space till the permanent teeth grow in the jaw giving a natural and proper jaw growth.


7) Can root canals be done for milk teeth?

YES, when a milk tooth is broken down due to a cavity then it can be saved with root canal treatment. Just like permanent teeth, even milk teeth have nerves and these teeth pain due to cavities and infections. Many times parents neglect the milk teeth thinking they will fall. But kids have pain and swellings due to untreated milk teeth.

A root canal is a way to save badly broken down milk teeth, preventing infection. It ensures a safe environment for the development of permanent teeth beneath them. If left untreated, the infection can spread from the milk tooth to the permanent tooth growing beneath them.

Why are crowns needed for milk teeth?

Crowns are needed to save the tooth from extensive decay after a filling or Root canal. They allow your child to eat properly and allowed to hold the chewing pressure. Mainly used in a situation where the tooth needs to stay in place for 3-4 years before the permanent teeth arrive.

8) Which toothbrush is good for my child?

With so many shapes, sizes, and styles of a toothbrush, it often gets very confusing so we have a simpler way of identifying which toothbrush to use according to age.

  • 0 till the 1st tooth erupts - use a soft muslin cloth to clean the gums
  • Only the front teeth erupted - use finger brushes from Mee Mee, Chicco etc
  • Once the back teeth erupt- use kids brushes from Colgate, Oral-B kids, Aquafresh, ICPA dino brushes
  • 3-6 years - Colgate 5+ brushes, oral b kids, Aquafresh brushes
  • 7 years and above - Oral-B adult brushes, Colgate or any soft bristles adult brushes

9) Which toothpaste is good for my child?

  • Before the teeth erupt, gums need to be cleaned with a soft muslin cloth
  • Once the first tooth erupts (0-2 years) you can use fluoride-free toothpaste like; Colgate(0-2), pigeon, mama earth, Chicco
  • Children from 3 to 6 years can use fluoride toothpaste like
  • Kidodent, Pepsodent junior, Oral-B, Colgate 3+, Aquafresh
  • For Children from 6 to 7 years above that is when permanent teeth erupt you can shift to adult toothpaste.

10) How much toothpaste is needed for my child?

The amount of toothpaste usually varies according to the age

  • Under 2 years: 1 rice grain size
  • 3 to 6 years: 1 pea size
  • 6 to 8 years: about 1 cm
  • 8 years above adult size

At Smile Store, it is our top priority to provide an all-around superlative experience for you and your children.