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Child odontology

 

Oral health needs to be observed from birth; even the earliest teeth need thorough cleaning, and good oral hygiene habits should be taught to even the youngest children.

The most common problem in the early years is, so called ,baby bottle decay, or single milk-tooth decay, usually caused by too many sweet drinks and carbohydrate rich food combined with poor oral hygiene (poorly cleaned plague). Micro-organisms present in this plague dissolve carbohydrates and emit acids that attack the teeth. In order to avoid such problems, good oral hygiene is needed. Our oral hygiene specialist Lina will teach you how to look after your and your children’s teeth.

Children’s oral hygiene habits should be formed from early childhood. Parents should clean younger children’s teeth (upto 6-7 years old) as they have less manual dexerity. And of cause young children will follow their parents lead, so, set a good example.

Milk-tooth maintenance.

The first teeth should be cleaned with a piece of wet cheesecloth or other clean cloth, ideally after each meal.

After the appearance of milk-teeth, children should not be breast-fed or given other sweet drinks at night. In general, dentists recommend avoiding sweet drinks.

Older children should not be allowed to snack all day long, however, if this happens their teeth should be cleaned after each snack.

After the appearance of the first molar teeth, children may be taught to use a toothbrush. Fluoride free toothpaste, a blob about the size of the nail of their small finger, may be used from 2-3 years.

Permanent tooth care

Parents should clean the teeth of the less manually dexterous children (roughly till 7 years old) and from then onwards they should check that the child has brushed properly as some children don’t like brushing and will try to avoid it or pretend to have done it.

After the appearance of the first permanent molars (about 6-7 years), we recommend covering them with sealants, i.e. special material that fills in the fissures of the permanent teeth and protects them from damage. This should be done as soon as the teeth appear as the newly formed teeth are especially vulnerable since the enamel is not fully formed. Please visit the odontologists as soon as the first tooth appears.

For parents

If possible, please plan your visit to the odontologist when your child’s first tooth appears. The doctor will show you how to clean the first teeth, and your child will get acquainted with the odontologist and the clinic.

Further preventive visits to the odontology clinic should be made twice a year. This, first of all, will help to avoid sudden toothache,, and your child will not have negative memories about the treatment of teeth. Besides, preventive visits will create a positive relationship between the child and the doctor that will help to overcome any unpleasant atmosphere in the medical environment. The most important thing is that parents, odontologist and little patients work together as a team, helping to solve problems more easily and avoid possible misunderstandings.

When planning a visit to the odontologist, don’t tell your child that it won’t hurt or that the doctor won’t do anything. These are the most common mistakes parents make; the child has unrealistic expectations and often refuses to cooperate with the doctor. And the first painful or uncomfortable procedure the child experiences, after being told that it won’t hurt, will also make them uncooperative. Let the odontologist communicate with your child and you won’t have to tell them lies. Don’t forget that team work with the odontologists is very important, since your and our goal is to have healthy and happy little patients.

Child dental disease and treatment

If you notice that your child’s milk-teeth have changed colour, or the child complains of pain while eating, visit the odontologist as soon as possible. Milk-teeth must be kept healthy as diseased milk-teeth can affect you for the rest of your life, damaging the source of the permanent teeth. Due to complications of decay, milk-teeth are sometimes removed. If this happens at an early age, it may affect the bite of the permanent teeth and your child’s appearance for the rest of their life. In addition, the earlier you visit the doctor, the greater the probability that the treatment will be painless and less unpleasant.

We offer various fillings for children’s teeth, including colour fillings so loved by little patients.