Pediatric dentistry in Aachen
Regular check-ups at the dentist are not only important for adults with permanent teeth. Even for children, it is very important to go to dental appointments early to ensure healthy teeth. But why exactly it is so important for children and what parents can do for their children’s healthy teeth is explained here in detail.
Why should children go to the dentist from an early age??
Regular visits to the dentist at an early stage help the children to gain positive experiences. Many adults are very afraid of the dentist. Due to the early visits and the positive experiences, the fear of the dentist can be avoided and the children find the check-ups pleasant.
Many dentists recommend that you have your first dentist appointment before your first birthday. This ensures that the oral cavity and gums are healthy and there are no abnormalities. The parents also receive feedback on whether oral hygiene is appropriate or if there is still a need for action.
Since the teeth are only checked in a playful manner during these visits, the children will develop a normal relationship with the dentist. Therefore, the parents must absolutely prevent the child from coming to the dentist with pain or problems.
It is still a common belief that carious milk teeth do not need to be “repaired” as they will fall out anyway. But this is wrong. Every little tooth decay should be treated as quickly as possible in children. Because tooth decay is an infectious disease. The tooth decay not only remains in one tooth, but also attacks other teeth in the mouth. Therefore, any active tooth decay must be removed, the affected tooth cleaned up and filled with a filling.
Dental care tips for children and parents
It is particularly important that children are familiarized with proper dental and oral hygiene at a very early age. If oral hygiene is started at an early stage, it becomes something completely normal and is also part of the daily routine for the child. Children learn in a playful way and brushing their teeth should also be involved, so the children enjoy this ritual and later continue it independently.
The milk teeth should be regularly cleaned of food residues and bacteria in order to avoid tooth decay and inflammation of the gums. The dentist appointments should be linked positively, it is best that the children look forward to a visit to the dentist. Tooth-friendly rewards after the dentist appointment can work wonders here.
The right dental care in every growth phase:
Regular oral hygiene should be started with small babies. It is best if no matter whether breastfeeding or the baby receives the bottle, it starts before the first teeth. Here the gums can simply be rubbed off with a damp gauze bandage or a washcloth. When the first teeth are there, it is essential to start regular cleaning.
Most babies get their first teeth between 4 and 9 months. During this time, the babies are often tearful or irritated, and the gums are too. Increased salivation and any other ailments can be added here. There are special tools, such as teethers, or a cool washcloth, which provide relief here.
bottle tooth decay
This type of caries arises from frequent contact with sugary drinks and is particularly harmful to baby teeth and general oral hygiene. This type of tooth decay is one of the biggest problems in toddlers.
To avoid this, parents should know the causes. These are often milk and convenience foods. Fruit juices are also a trigger here, as they wash the teeth for a long time when your child is sleeping and thus attack the teeth. So parents should make sure that the child falls asleep without a bottle and that the child does not always walk around with a bottle. It is best if the little one is used to drinking from a mug around or before the first year of life. In this way, bottle drinking is completely avoided: if the bottle is only filled with water, unsweetened teas, etc., the child’s pacifier should never be dipped in honey or anything else before the child receives it.
Sucking is natural and has a calming effect on babies. However, it is important to note a few things here.
The pacifier should be safe, it should be big enough to avoid swallowing. In addition, it must never be tied around the neck with a chain or cord. It must be ensured that the pacifier consists of one piece and has no cracks. It should be made of flexible and non-toxic material and should have an easy-to-grip handle. The pacifier should never be dipped in honey or other sweet agents.
How to care for baby’s first teeth?
It is very important that the teeth are properly cared for from the start. There are special toothbrushes for babies that are precisely adapted to the delicate gums and small mouth.
Toddlers / children
From the age of 2 at the latest, children’s teeth should be cleaned twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. This is how plaque and plaque can be removed.
Daily brushing of teeth should be part of the routine and should also be a matter of course for children. At some point, the children want to brush their teeth themselves, this is important and wanted. However, the parents should and have to rinse again afterwards to ensure optimal dental hygiene.
A balanced diet is also very important for healthy teeth. Care should be taken to avoid eating sugary foods as much as possible. And if these are eaten, then best in connection with the main meals, the teeth do not suffer all the time from the exposure to acids and bacteria.
Regular dental appointments are also extremely important for children. The milk teeth fall out, but they serve as placeholders for the permanent teeth and prepare them for the way. The milk teeth should also be kept as healthy as possible, since it is assumed that if the milk teeth are already struggling with tooth decay, the permanent teeth will have more to do with it.
Early childhood tooth decay
Early childhood tooth decay is also called bottle caries and is caused by sucking on baby bottles and enjoying sugary foods and drinks. To prevent these caries, parents should make sure that their child drinks from cups early and refrain from snacking on sugary foods. A balanced diet and regular visits to the dentist also prevent this.
Loss of milk teeth
A doctor should always be consulted if there is an injury to the mouth. If a child chops off part of a tooth or even the entire tooth is knocked out due to an accident, this tooth should be carefully and carefully collected and the dentist consulted. The doctor then examines the wound and the injury closely and can determine the appropriate treatment.
Young people in particular are struggling with increased problems. It is best here to convince the teens with strong arguments such as the look and smell. These arguments usually apply because the look and look of the teenagers is particularly important. Leading by example is a very good method.
At this age, the children understand the consequences. The wisdom teeth can break through during this time and can also lead to unpleasant bad breath. Explanations and meticulous oral hygiene can help here. If there is not enough space for these teeth, an extraction may also be necessary.
Braces are often not very popular with children, but are also very important for a good and pleasant look. Dental care for braces is particularly tricky. Here it is important to use a soft brush and fluoride-containing pasta. Regular use of dental floss is also important here. Care should be taken to remove all food residues.
Young people in particular are often under peer pressure, and explanations about the consequences of smoking can also help here. Not only do the teeth turn yellow here, bad breath and tooth decay can also result.
But eating disorders also have a negative effect on a beautiful and radiant smile. The teeth are attacked by the stomach acid and even missing nutrients can lead to tooth loss.
For physical sports, it is advisable to use a mouth guard. This protects the teeth from chipping and breaking off. This prevents unnecessary injuries.
Parents should also encourage their adolescent children to attend regular dental appointments and to accompany the children. Problems such as crooked teeth, tooth decay or problems caused by wisdom teeth can be recognized and treated early on, especially in this growth phase, and thus ensure a beautiful, healthy and radiant smile.
With arguments and the right explanations, parents can educate their young children about regular and good dental hygiene and thus prevent major problems.
Child and adolescent prophylaxis
Parents should ensure that children from the age of 6 should participate in this prophylaxis program. Here, oral hygiene is checked for children and adolescents up to the age of 18, correct dental care is taught and checked. In this program, the children come to the dentist several times a year. As part of this child prophylaxis, the teeth are then cleaned, polished and fluoridated.
After the posterior molars break through, they should also be sealed with the fissure seal as soon as possible. The indentations (fissures) in the occlusal surface are glued with a special plastic, thus avoiding the development of caries. This fissure sealer is painless for the children because there is no need to drill in the tooth. Only the longer mouth opening is perceived as unpleasant.
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