What Children’s Dentistry is?
Pediatric dentistry deals with children’s oral health from infancy until the teenage years. The pediatric dentist, also known as periodontist, has the experience and qualifications needed to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable so that they may enjoy a positive dental experience, and receive the proper dental health care they need to grow into healthy young adults.
Thanks to the use of special techniques and tricks we can make children feel comfortable and less worried during the procedure by establishing a relationship of trust with them over the years.
The specific task of the pedodontist is also to take care of the prevention of caries and therefore to motivate and teach the correct techniques of tooth brushing, to give suggestions about the food diet, to apply all the prevention aids such as ionofluorophoresis and sealants. It is also able to control, correct and prevent developmental anomalies of the teeth and jaw bones, thus preventing and treating malocclusions, correcting bad habits, dental trauma.
Children, pre-adolescents and adolescents need a differentiated behavioral approach according to their age.
MILK TEETH CARE – IS IT IMPORTANT?
Primary teeth are important for a number of reasons. They add on to a child’s physical, emotional, and social development. The development of your child’s primary teeth will have a direct impact on their oral health thereby making it crucial that you monitor your child’s dental health and teach him or her proper oral hygiene habits from the very beginning.
Here are the major reasons why these teeth should be taken care of just as we take care of our permanent (adult) teeth.
- Guiding Force –Primary teeth hold the place in the mouth for the proper eruption of the permanent teeth, so that when your child’s adult teeth begin exerting pressure through the gum line there is already a place made available for them.
- The health of young permanent teeth – The permanent /adult teeth develop between the roots of the baby teeth. If these cavities are left untreated, the baby tooth can develop an infection or abscess which can cause a hindrance in the tooth development of the young permanent tooth underneath.
- Nutritional value – It allows your child to chew and eat with ease, in turn providing themselves with proper nutrition, which contributes to both, their oral and overall health. Development of cavities leading to dental pain can lead to nutritional deficiencies if the child`s chewing function is compromised. Also, if these cavities are left untreated, there is a great risk of an infection forming.
- Speech development – To speak in a clear tone leading to the development of good pronunciation and speech habits and reducing the likelihood of speech impairments or other problems later.
- Morale booster – As the child grows older, the presence of healthy teeth adds on to their “feelgood” factor. A healthy, beautiful smile boosts their self-image and confidence. On the contrary, if a child is having any pain of dental origin, paying attention in school becomes affected drastically.
Fundamental tool to prevent the formation of caries in the child.
We highly recommend the treatment of children’s permanent molar teeth with the use dental sealants to prevent the onset of tooth decays and cavities. An ideal time to treat children with dental sealants is when their permanent teeth develop, at around six years of age. The sealant protects the teeth from food debris and plaque build-up that can stay trapped.
If the Seals are carried out with too much haste and approximation by careless operators, this procedure can be harmful!
Unsealed teeth are at higher risk of tooth decay and cavity development because of grooves that are not easily accessed during oral hygiene. Bacteria buildup may occur and cause infection, which may later need more extensive dental treatment such as dental fillings, root canal treatment or crowns.
For this reason at our Clinic the Sealing are performed with the best care, first carefully cleaning the surface of the tooth and using the best sealant available on the world market: “ULTRASEAL XT PLUS + ®” added with Fluoride inside. Furthermore, we monitor the sealants for the next 24 months free of cost, to ensure the follow up.
A natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay for patients of all ages.
The Ministry of Health has defined FLUORO as “the milestone in caries prevention”:
It directly strengthens the mineral structure, modifying its biochemical organization: it induces the transformation of hydroxyapatite into fluoroapatite.
It favors the remineralization of spots subject to localized demineralization
It has an antibacterial action, especially on Streptococcus mutans (the bacterium responsible for caries), which makes adhesion more difficult.
At our Clinic we perform cycles of fluorations particularly suitable for patients of childhood but also for those with dentinal hypersensitivity or enamel erosions.
Milk and Permanent Tooth Eruption
The first teeth begin to break through the gums at about 6-10 months of age. Usually, the first two teeth to erupt are the two bottom central incisors (the two bottom front teeth). Next, the top four front teeth emerge. After that, other teeth slowly begin to fill in, usually in pairs — one each side of the upper or lower jaw — until all 20 teeth (10 in the upper jaw and 10 in the lower jaw) have come in by the time the child is 2 ½ to 3 years old. The complete set of primary teeth is in the mouth rom the age of 2 ½ to 3 years of age to 6 to 7 years of age. As children start losing their teeth, many parents worry about how and when the adult teeth will come in. There are many reasons why children will not get their adult teeth, but generally it does not represent a problem.
But If it has been six months or longer since your child has lost a tooth and there is no sign of a permanent tooth erupting, it is strongly recommended to visit their pediatric dentist.
Early intervention in cases of teeth or jaw problems can spare your child from serious, long-term issues
Interceptive Orthodontics, also called Myo-Functional, consists in the use of mobile devices that works simultaneously on the bone, muscles and dental elements.
It acts in the most right and natural way possible, that is, it corrects while it is growing exactly as it happens when we have a plant that grows crooked and by putting a brace we can support it and make it grow straight.
It favors and sometimes avoids the second phase of orthodontics, that is the phase of fixed braces, which should then be addressed in adolescence, after 12 years of age.
It is applied in a period of life in which, absurdly, the patient is much more cooperative than the adolescent and pre-adolescent age.
At our Clinic we solve very complex cases, which for example would have required extractions or orthognathic surgery in the future, thanks to these interceptive techniques.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our patients are constantly asking questions concerning a variety of subjects involving their oral health. So, we have provided a list of common questions and answers especially for you. If the question you have is not on our list, please feel free to either call or ask us in person. We would love to help you!
If you notice that your child has lost a baby tooth and no permanent tooth has taken its place, do not panic. Many cases of missing teeth in children are actually due to delayed eruption.
Less than 1 percent of children are born with a congenitally missing baby tooth. Where baby teeth are missing, the adult teeth below will also be missing 30-50 percent of the time. Children with missing teeth may also have problems with the eruption of the teeth near the location of the missing tooth, and issues with the size or shape of other teeth.Contact us
Around 5 or at most 6 years. But if necessary (pain, discomfort, accidental trauma or simple doubts) even earlier.Go to the contact page
Absolutely yes, they must be kept in perfect health in order to preserve their permanence in the mouth until the moment of their natural replacement by the definitive teeth. The development of your child’s primary teeth will have a direct impact on their oral health thereby making it crucial that you monitor your child’s dental health and teach him or her proper oral hygiene habits from the very beginning.book an inspection