There are many therapeutic and preventive pediatric dentistry procedures available in Turkey, where children's teeth in the process of growth need follow-up and investigation of any abnormalities that may occur.
Pediatric dentistry includes treatments related to diseases of the teeth, mouth and jaws in children from birth.
Pediatric dental procedures and adult dental procedures are relatively similar with a few differences. Procedures in children require more frequent appointments with the dentist because of the importance of monitoring the growth of children’s teeth by the pediatric dentist to ensure that everything is going smoothly to avoid any problems in the future. Affect permanent or occlusal teeth.
Your child should have healthy teeth and gums for overall good health as injured, diseased or poorly developed teeth can lead to:
- Painful and dangerous infections
- Speech problems
- Facial and jaw bone growth problems
- Self-confidence problems
- problems in occlusion
So when it comes to keeping children's mouths healthy, oral health routines such as brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and visiting the dentist regularly are very essential.
In addition to good home care, some of the various preventive dental procedures in the clinic can also help keep children's teeth healthy, we will talk about the most common pediatric dental procedures either in the context of prevention or treatment through the article.
Preventive Pediatric Dental Procedures
Among the most important preventive dental practices in children:
Crack sealants, grooves and gutters
While brushing and flossing to remove food debris from the smooth surfaces of children's teeth, it can be difficult to clean some hard-to-reach places in the mouth such as molars or back teeth.
Your child's dentist can put Clustering materials for crevices, grooves and gutters Deep into the teeth to help act as a barrier against food and acid gathering in these weak areas of the tooth's chewing surface. It is a simple, painless procedure that requires no anesthesia and can be applied to each tooth in just a few minutes.
Plasters are most effective when applied to permanent teeth immediately after their appearance.
Children's first permanent molars erupt at around the age of six and the second permanent molars at around 12 years old. Plain materials are among the necessary preventive pediatric dental procedures in childhood to prevent decay, so be sure to check with your child's dentist.
Fluorine helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks from dental plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth. Kids can get fluoride through tap water, fluoride-rich toothpaste, mouthwash, and dentist-applied treatments.
Professional in-clinic fluorine treatments are quickly and easily applied in the form of a gel, foam or varnish. The fluoride used in these treatments is stronger than mouthwashes or toothpastes containing fluorine.
as with Crack sealants Strong fluoride treatments aren't always necessary for every child, so talk to your dentist for a checkup to see if your child is at higher risk of tooth decay. If your child needs fluoride, the dentist can offer you a fluoride plan based on his or her specific needs.
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X-rays are an important pediatric dental procedure to help the dentist monitor what's going on under the gums in a child's mouth. X-rays are generally safe for children but dentists should take as little as possible to get the information they need.
For children at high risk of tooth decay, recommends American Dental Association orUS Food and Drug Administration With X-rays as needed, children at low risk of tooth decay need X-rays less frequently. You will need to consult your dentist to determine how often your child needs X-rays.
The distance-keeping device is a small device that effectively preserves the gap caused by the missing teeth due to extraction before the eruption of the permanent replacement tooth, so that when the time comes for its eruption and its appearance, it is done without any problems.
Space Keeper to prevent tooth movement and occlusal misalignment in children
Pediatric dental procedures
Pediatric dental procedures include a range of medical services and procedures, the most common of which are:
The dental fillings One of the most common pediatric dental procedures carried out by doctors, children's teeth are prone toto decayMost of the time, caries can be treated with a quick and simple dental filling.
The pediatric dentist will numb the affected tooth and perform a dental drill to remove any damaged tooth tissue. The tooth will then be filled with a material of the dentist and parent's choice. Common materials such as amalgam or porcelain are both durable and can seal the tooth.
Root canal treatment for children
If a child's teeth are severely infected, the pediatric dentist may suggest a pulpectomy and a procedure Root canal treatment To save the affected tooth instead of extracting it.
Root canal treatment is performed by a pediatric dentist to remove the diseased pulp (nerve) in the tooth. The pulp is a tissue found in all teeth that contains nerves and blood vessels that fill the roots of the tooth. It is firmly attached by the roots of the teeth to the gums and jawbone.
Extraction is one of the most common pediatric dental procedures compared to root canal treatment, but extracting the tooth if it is possible to preserve it may cause damage to the structure of the gums and jaws in the child.
Dental cleaning in the clinic
The visit of the child's dental clinic toTo clean Regular is a common and important procedure of pediatric dental services, routine cleanings are important because children's teeth are more susceptible to decay due to excessive consumption of sugar and poor oral hygiene.
Usually operations Cleaning teeth Convenient, easy and direct and allows the pediatric dentist to remove any plaque buildup that can later turn into tartar.
A very common pediatric dental procedure is also a procedure Teeth extraction Where many children need an extraction procedure, when the teeth become excessively infected as a result of dental caries or other things, or if they do not have a place in the mouth, the pediatric dentist may recommend extracting the tooth.
Tooth extractions may be frightening for children, but pediatric dentists are experienced in performing this procedure on children. Local anesthesia is performed so that the child is less likely to feel any pain.
When the tooth is severely affected, the pediatric dentist may recommend a placement of dental crownThis is one of the most common dental procedures performed today to treat children's teethdental crowns To restore and replace severely damaged teeth.
longer correction andorthodontics One of the very necessary pediatric dental procedures, as many of the occlusal problems that appear in the jaws can be treated more easily if they are addressed in childhood, such as mandibular advancement and others.
Baby's first visit to the dentist
Your child's first visit to a pediatric dentistry clinic should be between the time the first tooth appears and the time all the primary teeth are fully erupted (before two and a half years).
Many dentists recommend a "trial" visit. This can help your child get used to the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the clinic before the actual exam.
Children who are used to wiping their gums and brushing their teeth every day will feel more comfortable going to the dentist.
Baby dental care tips at home
- Brush your young children's gums and teeth at least twice every day, especially before bed.
- Allow the child to do their own oral hygiene routine to learn the habit of brushing their teeth, but you should check that they brush their own teeth.
- Take your child to the dentist every 6 months. Let the dentist know if your child has a habit of thumb sucking or mouth breathing.
- Teach your child how to play safely and what to do if a tooth is broken or extracted. If you act quickly, you can often save the tooth.
- When your child has teeth, he should start flossing every evening before going to bed.
- Your child may need orthodontic treatment to prevent long-term problems.
Baby dental care
Although newborns and infants do not have teeth, it is important to take care of the mouth and gums of children from birth as well, by following these tips:
- Use a wet towel to wipe your child's gums after each meal.
- Avoid putting your infant or young child to bed with a bottle of milk, juice, or sugar water. Use only water for sleeping bottles.
- Start using a soft toothbrush instead of a washcloth to brush your baby's teeth as soon as their first teeth appear (usually between 5 and 8 months of age).
- Ask your child's doctor if your child needs to take dental fluoride by mouth.
Clean the child's mouth with a cloth