Pediatric Dentistry: FREE GUIDE to your child's long-term healthy teeth
First steps are very important in everything. Discover below some principles to help your child learn how to properly care for his teeth. The best treatment is prevention, and with the help of the DentArbre guide, you make sure that your little one has the necessary information so that visits to the dentist are just routine checks.
How do we talk to children about visiting the dentist?
Just the idea of a visit to the dentist causes many adults to worry and fear. Often the parents' fear can be transmitted to the children involuntarily. For this reason, we recommend that parents introduce their children to the visit to the dentist as a natural process, to reconfirm oral health, with the help of a specialist. It is useful for the dentist to be introduced to children as a friend who knows in detail how to properly care for our teeth, and visiting the dentist-friend helps us learn about: how to choose the right toothbrushes, what toothpaste it is recommended for children, how to have a daily, correct oral care routine.
For these reasons, we recommend that parents create a habit for routine oral health check-ups of their children. When a child visits the dentist even if they have no pain or problem, it can help them associate the dentist with a fear-free experience. If and when dental problems arise, thanks to the positive history, the child will know that he can rely on the friend who has helped him in the past.
Why is baby teeth treatment important?
For many parents, the natural question arises: why treat baby teeth, which will fall out anyway? The short answer is as follows: through the treatment of milk teeth, beneficial conditions are created for the eruption of permanent teeth.
Through pediatric dentistry or endodontic treatment , the dentist will try to save the milk teeth instead of simply extracting them. This is necessary because milk teeth, in addition to the functions of mastication, phonetics and aesthetics, have the role of preserving the space necessary for the eruption of permanent teeth. In short, baby teeth help, guide the eruption of permanent teeth. Premature loss of baby teeth can thus become a future problem.
Is treating cavities different from adults to children?
In the case of simple caries, fillings used in adults are similar to those applied to adults. But the root canal treatment of milk teeth is different, in the sense that the material with which it is sealed must be resorbable, that is, a material that the body, at the level of the roots, can resorb naturally. This material allows the loss of milk teeth "on time", but also the eruption of permanent teeth.
A treated baby tooth needs to be monitored through routine checks, performed once every six months, until the permanent tooth appears.
Pediatric dentistry: about orthodontic treatment, braces
Thanks to the routine control of children's oral health, parents have the opportunity to learn in good time from the dentist about a possible need for orthodontic treatment. By monitoring the growth of the supporting bone, it can be seen whether the final dentition has enough space or whether a orthodontic braces are needed.
In addition, possible malocclusions, dental crowding or, on the contrary, too large spaces between the teeth are detected more easily.
For children, unlike adults, more treatment options are available.
For children, different types of braces can be applied: mobile braces, fixed braces, trainers, etc. The most important thing is that the orthodontic treatment is started on time.
Medical Education, Prevention, Long Term Health
We recommend all parents to be persistent in their children's medical education. Medical education can start at home, encouraging children for routine visits to the doctor, occasions when the little ones notice that you can go to the doctor at any time, not only when you have health problems. Parents can take the first step towards children's medical education, and the doctor will support parents' efforts and explain useful medical information for healthy habits and a healthy life.
The team of dentists at the DentArbre clinic approaches small patients with empathy, warmth and openness. We can't wait to meet each other in the office just to make friends. Schedule your child's routine oral health check-up today. It's never too early to take care of the most precious gift: your and your family's health!