Partner with Dr. Ashna Khanna (Best Kids Dentist) for your child's oral health.
My mission is to work together with families in order to provide state of the art & quality dental care for children of all ages and abilities.
I emphasize more on prevention, evidence-based, minimally-invasive dentistry to help guide my treatment recommendations for your child.
My goal is to make dental visits positive, fun, and educational experiences in order to build a very strong foundation for lifelong oral health care.
Pedodontic triangle is the most important fundamental of pediatric dentistry. The parents and the dentist have to work together focusing on the child to maintain his oral health & general well being.
FIRST DENTAL VISIT
According to the Indian & American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it is recommended that your child’s first dental visit takes place by their 1st birthday or as soon as the first tooth erupts.
The first visit to the kids dentist can be stressful for both child and parent but we do our best to alleviate that anxiety. Keeping in mind that the attention span of children is very short we minimize the time spent on the dental chair so that the child is cooperative. We make sure that your child will leave the dentist with a smile.
What to Expect?
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- Infant - we will inspect their gums and primary teeth to ensure their teeth are healthy and erupting properly according to the timeline.
- Toddler or pre-schooler - we will form a rapport with the child, count the number of teeth, inspect cavities, low radiation digital x-ray might be taken if needed.
- Above 6 years- we will perform an oral exam to check the milk teeth as well as the permanent teeth. Digital X-rays may also be taken if required.
- During your child’s appointment, we will answer all of your questions and provide any information you need about your little one and their dental health. We emphasize more on preventive treatments and nutrition guidance followed by further treatment if needed.
- Read books or watch cartoons with them about going to the dentist.
- Speak good things about your own dental experiences.
- Tell your child what to expect- they will count your teeth & take some photos (x-rays) if required and clean your teeth with a very special toothbrush etc.
- If you don't know the answer to your child's questions, simply say" I don't know, let's ask Dr. Ashna when we get there!
- Please avoid discussing any negative dental experiences you may have from your past to ensure a positive experience for your child.
- Sometimes when you try to prepare your child for his/her appointment with the dentist, you may use a scary word when describing what to expect. Please avoid using words such as needle, shot, pinch, injection, pull, pain etc. to avoid any anxiety build up.
The dental home is a relationship between the dentist and the patient, inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way.
Getting your child in for routine dental check-up’s from a very young age creates the best oral health outcomes & prevents any phobia to develop.
Your child will become comfortable with the process of seeing the dentist, reducing fear of unknown. This allows them to develop a genuine relationship with the dentist and will eventually look forward to the appointment rather than getting scared.
Regular check up every six months help us track their oral health and development making sure that they get the right treatment at the right time, be it prevention or intervention. Visit Dr. Ashna Khanna (Best Kids Dentist) at Little Whites Dental, Saket today!
Fillings in baby teeth. Are they necessary?
Primary (baby) teeth start coming into your child’s mouth at around six months of age & remain until their permanent teeth erupt.
Many parents assume that baby teeth will eventually fall so dental problems with them is not of concern but unfortunately, this is not the case. Following reasons make it imperative to take care of baby:
- Cavities can cause discomfort and pain if not treated on time. Kids cannot properly address the problem and they stop eating leading to malnutrition, further affecting their overall health.
- Cavities can also lead to bigger dental problems, including infection & abscess.
- Healthy teeth help to perform important functions, like speaking and eating. If front teeth are lost before 4 years of age, the child can develop speech difficulties.
Fortunately, the cavities are totally preventable if you are counselled well in time. however usually they are treatable through a simple procedure known as a filling.
Signs to look for early childhood decay:
- White spots on the teeth
- Dark spots on the teeth
- Pits or holes in the teeth
- Avoidance of eating
- Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold liquids
- Holding the face or jaw
- Swelling around the mouth area
Tooth coloured filling
Most commonly used filling is Glass ionomer Cement which is a tooth coloured, fluoride releasing & biocompatible material. Composite or resin restorations (strip crowns) are also used in cooperative patients. Visit Dr. Ashna Khanna (Best Kids Dentist) at Little Whites Dental, Saket today!
Rainbow coloured filling
Modern Dental equipments and materials make dental treatment for kids quick, easy and colourful so your little ones can enjoy different colors inside their mouth. Visit Dr. Ashna Khanna (Best Kids Dentist) at Little Whites Dental, Saket today!
Various types of crowns are used for children :
- Stainless steel crowns
- Zirconia crowns
- Strip crowns
Sometimes cavities in children’s teeth are present on multiple surfaces of one tooth making it difficult to sustain with simple fillings. For such situations placing a crown is recommended. These crowns are pre-made in various sizes and adjusted to fit your child’s tooth. They are affordable, minimally-invasive, and make sure that your child’s tooth is preserved until it falls out naturally.
Crowns are used in several circumstances:
- Teeth which cannot be repaired only by fillings
- To prevent breakage & leakage in a tooth after a pulpotomy or pulpectomy.
Permanent molars that erupt at ages 6 and 12, have deep grooves, pits and fissures that can trap food and debris leading to cavities. We can protect teeth & prevent cavities by a clear or shaded resin sealer to seal these grooves that your child’s teeth may have. It is a painless procedure with no numbing required & no drills. Sealants effectively protect children’s teeth for many years.
Permanent molars that erupt at ages 6 and 12, have deep grooves, pits, and fissures that can trap food and debris leading to cavities. We can protect teeth & prevent cavities by a clear or shaded resin sealer to seal these grooves that your child’s teeth may have. It is a painless procedure with no numbing required & no drills. Sealants effectively protect children’s teeth for many years. Visit Dr. Ashna Khanna (Best Kids Dentist) at Little Whites Dental, Saket today!
Professionally applied fluorides are recommended by American Association of Pediatric Dentistry & ISPPD as they have the ability to protect and make teeth less prone to cavity. Fluoride fights the bacteria that are harmful to teeth and gums & is very helpful if you’re at high risk of developing cavities. It is available in various forms such as mouth rinse, foam, gel, or varnish and it takes only few minutes to apply. Fluoride cannot remove the decay but creates a stronger outer surface on your teeth that helps to stop the decay from penetrating into the deeper parts of teeth. This is just one of the easiest ways for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
PREVENTIVE & INTERCEPTIVE ORTHODONTICS
Orthodontics employs to recognize and eliminate the potential irregularities and malalignment in the developing dentofacial complex. Planned intervention at the mixed dentition stage (age 6 to 9 years) directs a child’s growth and development in a balanced form avoiding the severity of developing malocclusion & future treatment complexities.
It is divided in 2 phases
Phase 1 - orthodontic treatment involves a child wearing an appliance like a space maintainer, a palatal expander or limited braces for lesser than 12 months.
Phase 2 – begins when all the permanent teeth have erupted around 12- 13yrs of age. It includes braces or clear aligners to make any necessary modifications to give them a beautiful, healthy smile.
Is your Child a Candidate for Interceptive Orthodontics?
be beneficial for about 20% of children. Here are some indications for phase 1 orthodontic treatment:
- Significant crowding and malalignment at the age of seven
- Early loss of baby teeth due to injury or cavities.
- Front teeth that are jetting out and susceptible to injury
- Severe overbite, underbite, open bite or crossbite
- Problems with chewing, biting or speech.
Visit Dr. Ashna Khanna (Best Kids Dentist) at Little Whites Dental, Saket today!
Benefits of Early Orthodontic Treatment
- Correcting any asymmetry by directing jaw growth
- Shifting teeth into place to minimize the risk of trauma
- Making future treatment more affordable & taking less time.
- Helping avoid the extractions or surgery
- Making space for permanent teeth to come in proper alignment.
- Helping with crowding to prevent permanent teeth from getting impacted or erupting at the wrong spaces.
- Treating problems with chewing and speaking
- Boosting kid’s confidence and self-esteem
- A beautiful smile.
Visit Dr. Ashna Khanna (Best Kids Dentist) at Little Whites Dental, Saket today!
PRESERVING YOUR CHILD’S SMILE
If a baby tooth is knocked-out due to trauma or falls out due to decay, a space maintainer may be required to preserve your child’s dental health until their permanent tooth erupts. Space maintainers prevent teeth from shifting toward the empty socket where your child’s baby tooth used to be, ensuring that their adult tooth erupts in a proper space. Visit Dr. Ashna Khanna (Best Kids Dentist) at Little Whites Dental, Saket today!
While watching babies suck their thumbs they look cute, but thumb sucking can cause some dental problems in the future, if it is continued beyond 6 yrs of age.
Some of these problems include:
- Narrow Palate
- Open Bite
- Jaw Misalignment
Tips to Help Your Child Stop Thumb Sucking
- Keep Them Busy
- Positive Reinforcement Reward System
- Prevent Night time Sucking
We would be happy to offer a few more suggestions If you’re having a difficult time keeping your child from sucking his or her thumb.
TOOTHACHE IN KIDS
If cavities are not treated it can cause discomfort and pain sometimes leading to infection, abscess and swelling.
Pulpotomy is when we remove only the damaged portion of the pulp without touching the roots. This procedure is an option when the damage to the tooth is less severe and the patient does not give symptoms of chronic pain. Once the infected pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned, disinfected, and filled.
Pulpectomy also known as ‘root canal for baby teeth’ is used to save a baby tooth that has been severely damaged by decay or trauma. The baby tooth has various functions one of which natural space maintainer for the permanent teeth. Loss of a baby tooth before time can cause problems like:
- difficulty chewing
- speech development issues
- lead to crooked teeth that are difficult to clean
Special filling is used to fill the tooth after a pulpectomy that is resorbed by the body when the permanent tooth begins to erupt. The tooth is also covered with a stainless steel cap to protect the tooth structure by preventing leakage.
It is recommended in cases where the tooth is badly infected or cannot be saved. Extraction should be followed by space maintainer (after assessing the development of the new tooth) to avoid any malalignment in future.