Taking children to the dentist from an early age helps to establish a positive psychological relationship with them. In addition, observing oral health from infancy prevents future problems by promoting good oral hygiene, and allows problems to be detected early, before they develop negatively.
By going to the dentist’s office, we reduce risk factors in oral health and we can monitor the development of baby teeth, taking into account the space needed for the permanent teeth to grow properly.
Correct care of the mouth from an early age allows us to maintain good dental function and aesthetics, which leads to a good quality of life.
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How Paediatric Dentistry works
Advantages of dentistry for children
Paediatric dentistry is the speciality that takes care of children’s teeth.
Children’s first visits to the dentist have an important psychological factor, and making them a pleasant and fun experience favours confidence from an early age.
We will help you to teach good hygiene habits to your little ones, preventing and treating caries and also correcting dental malposition and avoiding later problems.
The eruption of the first teeth normally begins at around 6 months with the upper incisors. After 3 years, all 20 primary teeth should have erupted.
When the first milk teeth appear. The aim is not only to treat diseases, but also to prevent them with good hygiene habits and knowledge of the different risk factors. In addition, it is important to establish trust with the child patient from an early age.
Most people think it is not necessary, however, it is very important. The primary teeth will maintain the space needed for the adult dentition. If they are lost, there will be no space for the permanent teeth. Therefore, taking care of the deciduous dentition is to guarantee a good state of health in adulthood.
From the moment the first tooth erupts. In addition, it is advisable to use gauze or a damp cloth to massage and clean the gums before any teeth have erupted. The oral health of the child is the responsibility of the parents during the first years of life.
In children, a toothpaste with 1000 parts per million (1000ppm) of fluoride is recommended. As they grow up and reach adulthood, the amount of 1450ppm of fluoride is reached. It is important to supervise brushing so that they do not swallow the toothpaste, which can lead to fluorosis. Finally, the quantity is also important. From 0 to 2 years it is enough to scrape the toothbrush with the toothpaste. From 2 to 3 years, it is enough to apply an amount similar to a grain of rice. From the age of 3 years onwards, a pea-sized amount is enough.
Thumb sucking is a natural habit that appears before birth. The problem occurs when the habit persists beyond the age of 3. It should be stopped earlier, as it can lead to problems with the bite and the development of teeth and bone.
It is essential to remain calm and act quickly. Ideally, go to the dentist within an hour. The first thing to do is to recover the broken piece of tooth. If it is a small piece, clean it with water and put it in a napkin or handkerchief. If it is the whole tooth, clean it with water and avoid touching the root part so as not to compress the fibres. Additionally, soak the tooth in a glass of cold milk to preserve it. On the other hand, rinse the child’s mouth if there is residue from the blow and place a cold gauze in the area of the blow to reduce inflammation. Depending on the condition of the tooth, you may be able to reuse the piece or the lost tooth.
Héctor Fernández-Baca Suárez
Specialist in Periodontics, Surgery, Implants, Rehabilitation and TMJ. Course in Dental Aesthetics
Javier Fernández-Baca Suárez
Expert Master's Degree in Dental Aesthetics and Oral Rehabilitation - Specialist in TMJ. Course in surgery, implants and digital dentistry.
Héctor Fernández-Baca Ramos
Master's degree in Endodontics from Harvard University.
He has more than 35 years of experience and is a reference in his field.
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