If it is important for adults to visit the dentist, it is even more important for children. It is important for children to have a healthy mouth in order to avoid future problems that may affect dental development. That is why it is so important to visit a pediatric dentist.
Because it is essential that they know how to take care of their teeth from an early age, as this will help them develop proper oral hygiene habits.
What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry dedicated to the care and treatment that arise from the first dentition through adolescence.
The pediatric dentist is the specialist in charge of providing both preventive and curative care to children, from infancy to the end of their growth.
It will follow up the development of the baby teeth to prevent space from being saved and the permanent teeth from growing in healthy.
When should I go to the children’s dentist with my child?
The Spanish Society of Pediatric Dentistry (SEOII) recommends that, if there are no previous anomalies, a good time to visit the dentist is when the teeth start to come in . That is, from the age of 12 months.
When they begin to erupt, regular visits to the pediatric dentist or pediatric dentist are highly recommended, since it will be possible to detect and evaluate possible problems that may affect the permanent dentition.
And, during the change from baby teeth to permanent teeth, it is essential to see a specialist . Regular visits should be maintained throughout childhood and adolescence to ensure proper oral health.
In addition, children often suffer from congenital alterations such as those affecting the number, shape or size of teeth. Or you may have disorders such as a forward jaw or a smile where the gum shows too much. Problems that can also be corrected at an early age, thus taking advantage of bone growth.
Why is it important to see a pediatric dentist?
As we have already indicated, checking the dental health of young children at an early age helps to correct speech, bite and even breathing problems.
Likewise, it is very important to prevent and treat caries in the youngest children, which are increasingly frequent in baby teeth. By doing so, we will educate and help them practice correct oral hygiene techniques.
Because the main objective of the children’s dentist is the prevention and monitoring of tooth development, that this is correct and if not, to assess whether orthodontic treatment is necessary at the right time.
Most common dentistry treatment for children
There are certain treatments that are more frequent among children. Some of them are:
– Pit and fissure sealants: This is one of the most common preventive treatments. It consists of filling the grooves of healthy teeth to prevent future caries. It is painless and very easy to perform.
– Pulpectomy: It is a treatment similar to endodontics, with the difference that, in the case of children, the caries affects a baby tooth.
– Filling: Treatment used to treat cavities. This is better known as «dental filling» and is used for both adults and children. Because these cavities, if left untreated, can end up affecting the nerve. The treatment avoids discomfort and future problems.
– Orthodontics: Orthodontic treatment is used to correct any alteration or anomaly in bone or dental development. That is, it is designed for the correct development of the jaw bones and teeth.
Do you need a pediatric dentist for your child?
In Cervantes Dental Clinic in Granada we have an exclusive orthodontist, for early diagnosis and if necessary treat them with functional appliances that direct bone growth and proper eruption of permanent teeth.
In addition, for children we perform preventive treatments such as pit and fissure sealants. We teach them how to brush so that they have a correct technique.
It is also very important to maintain the space left in the mouth by the loss of a temporary tooth. This is done with space maintainers until the eruption of the definitive tooth to avoid subsequent crowding.
Because we care about the dental health of the little ones of the house, we advise you properly to treat the case of your child in specific.
Smile is a universal language. Come to our dental clinic in Granada and we will advise you. First appointment free of charge!