PEDODONTIA

PEDODONTIA

The branch of dentistry dealing with children’s teeth is called Pedodontia.

Children are strongly recommended to be examined by a dentist every 6 months starting from 1 year old. This way, potential problems can be detected and prevented before they become bigger problems and your child would not experience dentist phobia.

First examination is usually short, with minor treatments if needed. This way, child meets dentist in a pleasurable environment. Parents are asked to wait outside to let the child and dentist form a good relation.

Examinations

In the examination, teeth count, decays, upper and lower jaw relation and gum health is examined. If necessary, cleaning of teeth can be suggested and fluoride need is evaluated. Families are informed on how their child’s oral maintenance should be done. Children are checked if they have habits like sucking fingers or lips, pushing their front teeth with their tongues.

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When should brushing teeth of children should start?

Usually after 6 months when baby teeth are erupting, cleaning should start. In this phase, parents should clean food or milk residuals with a wet gauze. Even though they are recommended to do this cleaning after every feeding, considering how tired they get, it would suffice if they just do it in the evenings.

After children are capable of holding brushes, they should be encouraged to brush their teeth themselves. Also, when parents are brushing their own teeth, sometimes they can keep their children beside them to create a consciousness about brushing. Children usually can’t brush their teeth effectively until 6-8 years old so parents should check them while brushing and do it themselves if necessary.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. FAQ-1: When should the first x-ray be taken?

    There is no rule on first x-ray. X-rays especially help dentists when children are 6 years old and their permanent teeth are erupting.

  2. FAQ-2: Are milk teeth important?

    Milk teeth are important for the children to have effective nutrition. Nutrition is vital for development in infancy. At the same time, they are important because they guide permanent teeth coming behind them. If a baby tooth is extracted prematurely, neighboring teeth may move into the cavity left after, and it might clog the way for the permanent tooth.

  3. FAQ-3: What treatments are used for milk teeth?

    Milk teeth can undergo any treatment like filling, root canal that is done for regular teeth. Also, a treatment called amputation which is similar to root canal can be done. Protective treatments like fluoride application are important.

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