diagnosis and treatment of teeth in children
From the age of 4 months and up to 3 years, the milk teeth of the infant and the small child, respectively, are in continuous formation and development. Milk teething is very important in the harmonious and healthy growth and development of permanent dentition.
Are baby teeth more prone to cavities? The answer is YES, due to some factors:
– dental hygiene that is not yet easy at such a young age. Children need to be gently taught how to brush their teeth and it is necessary for them to understand why this is important to them. All this requires time, imagination and a lot of indulgence as well as a beloved model for children to follow in the habit of brushing their teeth properly, using a toothbrush, floss and mouthwash.
– unhealthy diet: rich in sweet juices and carbohydrates but also other foods that create acidity such as meat, fast food, etc.
– exposure of children to electronics: tablets, phones, sockets, extension cords, televisions, household appliances create electromagnetic fields that induce an acidic environment in the body
– parents do not take their children to the dentist because they believe that their teeth fall out anyway and are not a danger to the subsequent development of permanent teeth, which is completely wrong because these caries that begin at an early age evolve rapidly, incomparable to permanent dentition where tooth enamel is more hard to penetrate.
What can a parent do to avoid the complications that can occur due to tooth decay?
- dental hygiene as rigorous as possible from an early age
- the best treatment is prevention by visiting the dentist as early as possible so that the little one establishes a natural contact with the doctor and it seems normal
- observation of blackheads or stains on the teeth as early as possible. Sometimes they can be difficult to see with the naked eye because they can be located between the teeth or inside the tooth. That is why only the specialist doctor can do this if the office is reached in time.
- monitoring nutrition through healthy habits from an early age
- cooperation with the dentist to find the most appropriate ways to teach the little one all the necessary details with love and fun
The treatment of tooth decay in the dental office involves:
- professional cleaning of the cavity affected by caries
- filling, ie filling the resulting cavity with specific composite material
- canal treatment if necessary. As far as possible, it is preferable not to end up in this situation and this is possible only through good prevention.