Children's dentistry - pediatric dentistry
Children are special patients. They require a particular approach by the specialist. This not only applies to the knowledge required to treat small patients but also to the approach used to teach good habits, appropriate hygiene, and to build a trust relationship with the patient, to overcome resistance and fear.
From one side comes prevention, from the other side the promotion of good habits and practices. Through a positive relationship, the young patient will not be afraid to visit the dentist and any potential irregularities will be identified at an early stage, making treatment easier, less invasive and relatively inexpensive.
Children’s teeth are often affected by tooth decay and periodontitis. Tooth decay is the most common cause of the premature loss of milk teeth. The first signs of tooth decay may appear shortly after the appearance of a new tooth. Milk teeth play a crucial role in the correct development of the jaw. Besides stimulating growth, milk teeth are also responsible for determining the spacing of adult teeth. For this reason it is important that small patients maintain their milk teeth until they are naturally replaced by adult teeth. In addition milk teeth play a key role in shaping speech and articulation.
One of the main causes of tooth decay is excessive sugar consumption. It is very difficult to eliminate sugary foods from children’s diets, but you can shape their habits which will help keep teeth in good condition. Proper dental care and reduced consumption of carbohydrates between meals bring good results.
The treatment of milk teeth is very important. At the same time it is necessary to pay attention to the prevention of tooth decay, this includes:
- good oral hygiene
- promoting the practice of correct and frequent brushing
- using products containig fluorine
- regural dental checks.
It is necessary for children to clean their teeth because it removes deposits of food, and prevents the build up of plaque containing sugars and bacteria. These are the main factors contributing to tooth decay which for children can take place very fast.
Regular – individually recommended checkups allow for the discovery of many problems associated with the incorrect construction of, deformations of or development disorders of the alveolar arch and the facial skeleton.
Early diagnosis allows for preventive action and treatment to begin, achieving the quickest and best possible results.