What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry responsible for treating children's teeth, from birth to 6 years of age, taking care of their temporary teeth, and up to 12 years of age when the permanent dentition is achieved.
Pediatric dentists detect bad habits in order to re-educate them, carry out a restorative treatment in case of dental caries or sealants to prevent future pathology and inform about oral hygiene procedures to achieve healthy growth of the oral cavity. They are also responsible for early detection of anomalies in the position of the jaws to refer the patient to the orthodontist if necessary.
Control of tooth eruption
The teething process usually begins when the baby is 6 to 8 months old and gets all the baby teeth at about 30 months of age.
Each child has a different rhythm and it is okay to be a little ahead or behind the rest as long as it is controlled by the dentist.
Control of tooth eruption
Caries and trauma in children
In children, it is essential to solve existing cavities as soon as possible,since, if this is not the case, they can cause problems such as infections, destruction of temporary teeth and in some situations we are forced to extract the tooth, complicating the eruption and occlusion. of the permanent teeth.
The traumatisms in children are much more frequent than in adults and although they occur with temporary dentition, they must be considered of great importance, since they can affect the permanent dentition.
Normally with the eruption of the first tooth, at 6 months of life. From this moment on, you should monitor your baby's dental eruption and hygiene, as well as make regular check-ups with your specialist. At approximately 2-3 years of age, your child should have all their primary teeth in their mouths, and at 6 years of age they will have their first permanent tooth. So we recommend a visit to the orthodontist in case it is convenient to modify the growth of your jaws or create space for the rest of the permanent teeth, now we have time.
As soon as their first tooth erupts, usually at the age of 6 months. At this age, the child can already pick up the toothbrush and, accompanied by his or her hand, brush correctly. At 6 years of age, children should brush their teeth by themselves and then have an adult check them to make sure they are using the right technique and that their teeth are clean. Children should learn from an early age to acquire habits and responsibility for their oral hygiene, and once they have acquired this, they will keep their teeth for the rest of their lives.
Sometimes, a quick action can make it possible to recover that tooth. Remain calm, pick it up from the ground by holding it by the crown, not the root, and never wash the tooth. It is important to go to the dentist as soon as possible, it should not be more than an hour after the blow. During the journey, keep the tooth in a glass of milk, saline solution or in saliva "you can take it inside the mouth next to the cheek or under the tongue". The time factor is the most important in the success of the replanted tooth.
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