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Pediatric Dentistry

" How you can give your children beautiful and healthy smile? "

Pediatric Dentistry is the specialized dental medicine field exclusively dedicated to the maintenance of the oral health of children, adolescents and patients with special needs.

This specialist area combines a strong preventive component with the curing element since monitoring the development of the "milk teeth" is vital, not only to ensure correct phonetic and chewing functions but, first and foremost, for the early diagnosis and prevention of any problems, ensuring a healthy set of final teeth.

Dental problems can arise at a very early age and so it is recommended that the first appointment should be when the first teeth come through, usually between 6 months and 1 year old.

Preventive Orthodontic Monitoring

Poor dental positioning and malocclusion are problems which affect many children, determining the need to use orthodontic braces. In this regard, regular monitoring is vital so as to take early action and prevent or treat the problem from the very outset.

Treatment Of Caries

The frequent ingestion of sugars along with poor brushing usually leads to the appearance of caries. If not treated, caries may cause the early loss of milk teeth, often having consequences in terms of the positioning and alignment of the final set of teeth. In addition to treatment, during the appointment the child and his/her parents are advised about healthy eating habits and oral hygiene.

Topical Application Of Fluoride And Sealants

Fluoride is a vital component in the prevention of dental caries and it is recommended to take it between 6 months and 16 years old. The doses of fluoride are defined and the respective modes of administration (tablets, gel, drops, mouthwashes), depending on the specific needs of the various age group.

To prevent the appearance of caries, the application of sealant is frequent. Sealant is a varnish which when applied to healthy teeth protects the chewing surface, preventing the appearance of caries. Speedy and painless, it is possible to seal the majority of the teeth of a child at just one appointment.

Oral Health Guidance

During the appointment, children and their parents are provided with guidance about oral health which includes tips about the advantages of diet which is low in sugars, as well as indications about the procedures for correct oral hygiene. In addition to preventing the appearance of caries and bacterial plaque, proper brushing also prevents the appearance of problems in the gums.

Control Of Bacterial Plaque

Bacterial plaque derives from the accumulation of bacteria in the oral cavity. Its control is vital for the maintenance of oral health, particularly as regards the prevention of caries. In addition to providing indications about oral hygiene procedures for preventing and eliminating bacterial plaque, in specific cases the dentist may also get rid of it using mechanical processes.

Chronologic age of eruption of milk teeth and permanent teeth

Permanent Teeth
Milk Teeth

Frequently asked questions

When should I start caring for my child's teeth?

Good dental health is established early in life. Oral care should begin soon after the baby's birth. Gums should be cleaned after each feeding. You can begin brushing your child's teeth as soon as they appear, using a super soft toothbrush.

When should I take my child to see the dentist?

Ideally, your child's first dental visit should be by the first birthday. Your Dentist will check for decay and other problems, teach you how to clean your child's teeth and identify your child's fluoride needs. By starting dental visits early, you 'll help child build a lifetime of good dental habits.

Is teething painful?

Yes. When babies are teething they often have sore and tender gums. The pain usually can be soothed by gently rubbing the baby's gums with a clean finger, a small, cool spoon or a wet gauze. Teething does not cause fever or diaorrhoea. If your child has an elevated temperature, it needs to be addressed as a separate medical concern.

Can babies get cavities?

Yes . Even though they will eventually fall out , milk teeth can get cavities and may need to be treated. As soon as teeth appear in the mouth, decay can occur. One serious form of decay among young children is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. Babies shouldn't fall asleep with bottles in their mouths –the sugar in juices or milk formulas can cause tooth decay, leading to cavities, dental discomfort, and even tooth loss. Plain water is usually best.

When should thumb sucking stop?

Sucking is a natural behaviour for babies. Many infants begin sucking their thumbs or using pacifiers within three months of birth. Neither habit generally poses a dental problem if it discontinued before the child's teeth erupt.

How can the Dentist protect your child's teeth?

As a child 's permanent teeth erupt, the Dentist can prevent cavities from forming with the help of sealants and fluoride treatment. Sealants are a safe, painless and low-cost way to help protect your child's teeth from decay.

The sealant is bonded to the chewing surfaces of the molars and premolars, and thus prevents these teeth from decay. Fluoride application is a single sitting procedure done once every six months to make the tooth structure stronger and prevents cavities.

What are space maintainers?

A milk tooth usually stays in until a permanent tooth underneath pushes it out and takes its place. Unfortunately, some children lose a milk tooth too soon. If this happens, the teeth beside it may move into the empty space resulting in lack of space for the permanent teeth, leading to crowding.

This can be prevented by the use of Space Maintainers. It is more affordable-and easier on your child –to keep teeth in normal positions with a space maintainer than to move them back in place with orthodontic treatment.

Dental Health Tips

With your help, your child can have a lifetime of healthy smiles!

  • A balanced diet is important for healthy teeth and gums. Children especially need calcium to help build strong teeth (milk, cheese etc.)

  • Discourage sugary or starchy snacks.

  • Snack in moderation and include beverage to wash the mouth of food particles.

  • Set regular snack-times to avoid constant exposure to cavity-causing foods.

  • Seek early dental care for your young one. Begin oral hygiene when an infant's first tooth emerges.

  • Encourage good oral health and hygiene habits early. Have youngsters brush frequently with fluoride toothpaste.

Teaching your child to maintain good dental habits is the beginning of good dental health. Proper personal care and regular visits to the Dentist can keep dental problems to a minimum.

Child Care - Dental Tips

Brushing Tips

  • Start brushing your child's teeth as soon as they come in.

  • Brush your child's teeth for the first 4 to 5 years until your child seems able to do it alone.

  • A good teaching method is to have your child brush in the morning and you brush at night until your child masters the skill.

Flossing Tips

  • Start flossing your child's teeth as soon as they touch each other.

Diet Tips

  • Avoid high-sugar foods, especially sticky, sweet foods like taffy and raisins. The longer sugar stays in touch with your teeth, the more damage it can do. Don't snack before bedtime. Food is more likely to cause cavities at night because saliva doesn't clean the mouth as well at night.

  • Cheeses, peanuts, yogurt, milk and sugar-free gum are good for your teeth. They can help clear the mouth of harmful sugars and reduce plaque formation.

  • OTHER - If your local water supply does not contain enough fluoride, your child may need a fluoride supplement.

" Wouldn't you want a healthy smile for your child? "