Recommendations to Families About Pedodontic Treatments

Recommendations to Families About Pedodontic Treatments

Why do children’s teeth decay?

Deciduous (milk) teeth contain more organic matter than normal teeth, so they are more prone to decay. Children cannot interpret signals such as temperature sensitivity or mild pain, which can be seen in the early period of caries. They notice the situation only if there is too much pain to bear, in which case it may be too late. Children cannot pay attention to oral care as much as adults. The child's dexterity, curiosity and parent's attitude determine the habit of brushing teeth. A mistake that mothers often make is dipping the pacifier or bottle into sugar, jam, etc. and giving the babies juices or sugared milk between sleeps. Thus, the teeth of children become prone to decay due to irregular meals.

Can dental caries be prevented in children?

A vaccine or drug that can completely prevent caries has not been developed yet. However, some materials to reduce the number of caries are used today, one of them is the material we call "fissure sealant". Dental caries usually start in the grooves called "fissures" on the chewing faces of molar and premolar teeth.

With the material we mentioned, the surfaces of fissures are covered and leakage of microbe, food residue etc. is prevented. This procedure can also be applied to permanent molars and small teeth, which start to appear by the age of 6.

Another way to prevent caries is to increase the resistance of the teeth to caries. This resistance is gained by applying superficial fluoride to the teeth.

Dental injuries in children

In accidents where the teeth are damaged in children, intervention should be done without delay. It is very important to make an accurate diagnosis. For this, your physician will ask you when and where the accident happened, where the strike came from; whether there were fainting, vomiting, memory loss etc. after the accident. In line with the information provided, the most accurate treatment can be applied.

Dental injuries in children can sometimes cause the permanent tooth to completely detach from the socket. In this case, you should immediately apply to your dentist with the tooth that came out. In the meantime, the tooth should be stored in a glass of milk, if not available, in clean water.

What is the importance of deciduous teeth?

The first task of milk teeth is to ensure that the child is properly fed. In addition, the proper development of speech depends on the presence of milk teeth. In addition, an image like the following causes serious aesthetic problems that no one would want to see in their child.

The milk teeth protect the area they cover for the permanent tooth that will replace them and guide it during eruption. When the milk tooth is extracted early, this natural placeholder function is also eliminated.

Should the decay in milk teeth be treated?

Untreated milk tooth decay leads to pain, bad smell, chewing difficulties, malnutrition and ugly appearance. Over a long period, untreated decay can lead to distortion, disorders in jaw development and general health problems (ranging from rheumatism to heart disease). Therefore,