A children's dentist shouldn't only cure and teach a little patient the rules of hygiene, but most importantly, minimize negative impressions from visiting a doctor's office.
It is necessary to find a common language with children before starting any treatment – this is the specificity of the work of a pediatric dentist in «Your Dentist» family dentistry. An adult understands what to expect from a visit to a doctor. The child needs to be told, shown, interested. Building his trust is much more difficult than establishing contact with an older patient. Therefore, a pediatric dentist should be not only a professional who can diagnose, think over the course of treatment and carry out the necessary manipulations in a short time, but also an artist, a kind storyteller, a bright personality that can interest a child.
According to statistics, every third person in the world suffers from dentophobia – a fear of dental treatment, and the reason for this usually lies in an unpleasant childhood experience.
We strive to find an individual approach for each baby, we know the habits and hobbies of our little patients. We create a playful environment in the interior of the clinic – with the help of design, bright colors, pictures on the walls. Communication begins long before the child enters the doctor’s office. Children’s dentists are a bit of storyteller – we have to invent our own, vivid images in order to arouse curiosity and grab the attention of the child. We use stories about harmful microbes, worms and crocodiles that bite their teeth and live in teeth holes and which must be removed from there.
The next stage in communication is acquaintance with the dental chair: together with the child we raise and lower it, examine the device, find out what the various parts are for. Children are naturally very curious and interested in everything. That is why, so that they are not afraid of the doctor, it is advisable to make the first visits to the dentist preventive, and not at the time of urgent need. Ideally, as soon as the baby teeth have erupted, take the child to the dentist. This is useful from all sides: you will find out that the process is going well, get advice on dental care, and also make sure that the doctor suits you both as a professional and as a person, and that in the future you can count on his help and understanding.
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- Your Dentist for Children: Pediatric Dentistry in Odessa
- Pediatric dentistry: no pain and stress
- Restoration of dental functions
- Plastic surgery of the frenum of the tongue and lips
- Prevention and professional oral hygiene for children
- Specifics of dental treatment in children under 3 years of age
- Specifics of dental treatment in children 4-7 years old
- Specifics of dental treatment in children 8-13 years old
- Specifics of dental treatment in children 14-18 years old
- Prevention of children’s caries
Your Dentist for Children: Pediatric Dentistry in Odessa
A wide variety of dental problems can be solved in the children’s dental clinic.
- Treatment of dental diseases: caries, pulpitis, periodontitis, fluorosis.
- Correction of defects in hard tooth tissues: enamel chips, spalling of the tooth wall.
- Treatment in children of diseases of the oral mucosa and tissues that hold the tooth: aphthous stomatitis, juvenile periodontitis. Diseases can be both infectious and non-infectious.
- Restoration of dental functions.
- Orthopedic treatment.
- Plastic surgery of the frenum of the tongue and lips.
- Prevention and professional oral hygiene for children.
Pediatric dentistry: no pain and stress
Modern means allow you to treat children’s teeth without pain, in a comfortable environment. Still, a visit to a dental clinic for children is stressful: fear of the unknown often provokes anxiety and increased activity in children.
It can be difficult for them to stay in one place for a long time and follow the doctor’s instructions at the right time. In such cases, in consultation with the parents, the doctor may resort to general anesthesia during dental procedures. At the same time, local anesthesia is used to eliminate pain.
General anesthesia is performed if there are special indications for this: age under 3 years old, allergy to local anesthesia, a large amount of dental intervention, in children with special needs and in other cases.
Restoration of dental functions
Restoration of dental functions or prosthetics is used if the task is to preserve a tooth with a high degree of damage as a result of caries or trauma, with enamel hypoplasia. The doctor may suggest the installation of stamped crowns on milk teeth.
Plastic surgery of the frenum of the tongue and lips
It is important to choose the right time for surgery. Modern methods, recognized in the world, suggest that if the function is not impaired, that is, the child can eat and talk calmly, then the plastic is carried out either until the eruption of milk teeth (literally during the first two months of life), or after the eruption of permanent ones.
Prevention and professional oral hygiene for children
Hygiene in children includes the removal of plaque and tartar, polishing and remineralization of teeth. A thickened, pigmented plaque on the teeth of children occurs quite often. This can be a consequence of certain stomach or intestinal problems, or the result of improper teeth brushing. This plaque cannot be removed with a regular brush. The procedure will require professional help from a doctor and special devices.
Preventive methods include sealing fissures of both milk and permanent bite. And of course – teaching the correct oral hygiene not only for the smallest patients, but also for older children and adolescents.
Specifics of dental treatment in children under 3 years of age
The first age group the dentist works with is children under 3 years old. There is an opinion that at this age there can be no problems with the teeth. Nevertheless, in children under 3 years old, caries, pulpitis (inflammation of the nerve), periodontitis (the inflammation has spread into the periodontium), and tooth decay are often found.
In this age group, problems with the mucous membrane (viral stomatitis) also often appear, which frighten parents and are the reason for seeking medical attention. Dental problems in young children can arise from the poor nutrition of the mother during pregnancy.
The reason for the deterioration of the condition of the teeth in the first years after the birth of the child may even be the mother’s low hemoglobin during pregnancy, taking medications to preserve the pregnancy or antibiotics. The body of the child himself often suffers from a lack of calcium reserves in the first years of life. Therefore, during a period of rapid growth, to build a strong skeleton, the body takes calcium, first of all, from the teeth.
During this period, you should not neglect visits to a children’s dentist – you need to deal with dental health from early childhood. In «Your Dentist» family dentistry, children under 3 years of age are taught the correct methods of brushing their teeth, and they are taught good habits.
For example, if a child eats sweets, snacks on cookies – do not forget to drink it with plain water after eating or rinse your mouth. It is advisable that parents at this age bring the child to the dentist. The doctor will teach you how to properly care for your teeth, help you identify painful conditions at an early stage and take preventive measures.
Specifics of dental treatment in children 4-7 years old
A child’s age from 4 to 7 years is the moment when a milk bite has already formed, the jaws are actively growing and by the age of 5-6 the first permanent chewing teeth appear.
In children, the first permanent teeth erupt earlier than it was in previous generations 15 years ago.
Usually, when permanent teeth appear, proper attention is not paid to their hygiene. Chewing teeth are deep in the mouth, the child has difficulty reaching there with a toothbrush. In natural depressions on the surface of the teeth (they are called “fissures”), the enamel is thinner, as its maturation occurs gradually. Food that gets stuck in the fissures causes early tooth decay.
Modern dentistry offers a solution to this problem – the doctor seals the fissures on the surface of the teeth. For this, special fissure light-curing sealants are used. These fillings usually contain fluoride to prevent tooth decay.
It is recommended to seal the fissures within six months after the eruption of the tooth. This procedure is painless and takes place without the use of a drill. Thanks to this preventive method, the teeth become less prone to caries.
Specifics of dental treatment in children 8-13 years old
At this age, children develop a permanent bite. It is important to continue to engage in the prevention and, if necessary, the treatment of dental diseases in children, while adding one more concern – not to miss a moment and pay attention to the development of the jaws.
During this period, it is advisable to visit a pediatric orthodontist for a consultation. If further treatment is indicated, then this is a golden time for orthodontic treatment: correcting malocclusion, eliminating defects in the arrangement of teeth.
Specifics of dental treatment in children 14-18 years old
In adolescents, the change of teeth is completed, and permanent teeth have the same problems as in adults. The causes of dental diseases are different: someone loves sweets too much, someone has a hereditary predisposition, and someone does not follow the rules of dental hygiene and skips preventive examinations at the dentist. It is worth remembering that preventing dental and dental diseases is much easier than treating them better.
Prevention of children’s caries
Prevention of childhood caries begins with the formation of correct eating habits and proper oral hygiene. And here the parents themselves should be the main example.
You can start brushing your teeth from the moment they appear, at first the child will be a passive participant in the process, but then brushing your teeth can become a fun pastime together. The main thing is to introduce a habit when it will no longer be accompanied by crying and hysteria, so as not to cause negative associations in the child.
It is correct to brush your teeth not “in the morning and in the evening”, but after each meal. Both an evening bottle of sweet tea and breastfeeding are also considered meals, but a toothbrush and toothpaste in the middle of the night can be replaced by special xylitol wipes that can be used to wipe teeth after an “unscheduled” meal.
Many children do not like this activity, are lazy, do not clean the plaque thoroughly enough. In this case, modern parents also have the opportunity to teach a lesson in proper hygiene in a playful way. Special tablets for staining plaque dissolve in water, and then this solution stains poorly cleaned areas – staining colors are very diverse, depending on the manufacturer. This will help from time to time to control the quality of brushing your teeth and visually show problem areas.
Why is it worth paying so much attention to? Recall that caries in children develops unusually quickly and often leads to tooth loss.
Such a high percentage of children’s caries in our country is due to poor dietary habits and the widespread use of sweeteners. In Sweden, where children under 2-3 years old are not given sweets at all, adding sugar to food in kindergartens is a matter of jurisdiction, and sweets are allowed only on Saturdays and holidays, even many adults do not know what a filling is and where the nearest dentist’s office is.
Bad water also contributes to the development of caries, so it is worth at least from time to time to consume purified water at the table, sufficient in mineral composition. In addition, a glass of water after sweets and biscuits will reduce the concentration of sugars and also help protect teeth from caries.
But fresh vegetables and fruits themselves clean the teeth – carrots, apples, hard pears, and also replace sweet snacks.
Frequently asked questions
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- Are there any differences in the treatment of primary and permanent teeth in children?
In milk teeth in children, so-called deep caries practically does not occur, problems often go beyond the solid bodies, the pulp chamber (pulpitis) is often involved. In 80% of cases, if a tooth is destroyed, we are dealing with pulpitis or periodontitis. Accordingly, the methods of treatment will differ. In children, treatment of milk teeth is rarely done simply by placing a filling.
- There is a widespread opinion that it is not necessary to treat milk teeth. Is it correct?
This is fundamentally wrong. Diseased teeth are a chronic focus of infection in the body. There are children who constantly suffer from colds: tonsillitis, runny nose, the child is shown to the doctors and cannot understand what is the matter. And very often the cause of frequent colds of a child is untreated dental diseases. It is imperative to treat milk teeth.
- How to persuade a child to go to the dentist
Much really depends on the parents. You need to tell, explain, motivate the child. Explain why he needs it. During the time that the child spends in the treatment room, the dentist has much less time and opportunities to motivate him. Parents should start doing this in advance at home. Very often, mothers tell the doctor how to find an approach to their child.
It may be worthwhile to come in advance to meet with the doctor, try to find a common language, and contact with the child through joint efforts. This is a very important point in terms of diagnosis and treatment planning.
Physicians, for their part, strive to introduce an element of play in the dental treatment process, which is not always pleasant. For children, for example, special attachments have been developed in the form of animals on a syringe for injection under local anesthesia. In such a toy form, it looks less intimidating and does not scare kids. When carrying out anesthesia, we must first use a gel for children – it smells like raspberries.
- The child's front teeth are crumbling. What to do in this case?
It need to heal. Crumbling teeth are a sign that this problem can no longer be solved by changing the diet, using high doses of calcium or taking vitamins, and you need to see a doctor.
- Do you provide help to children with special needs - with cerebral palsy, autism?
Yes, we have such experience, we provide assistance to children with cerebral palsy and autism. Separately, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that with the diagnosis “epilepsy” it is better to provide dental care in a hospital setting. When treating a child with allergies, it is ideal when parents come to the dentist with the results of an allergy test in order to exclude any complications during treatment.
- How often should I visit the dentist with my child?
The first time to come to the dental clinic for children is after the appearance of the first teeth – to get to know each other and get the necessary recommendations for dental care. Then visits should be repeated every 3-6 months depending on the condition of the teeth. It is this frequency of visits that will allow a good pediatric dentist to “pick up” the destructive processes at the initial stage and to treat an uncomplicated tooth – fast, less traumatic and, by the way, at a lower cost than a large filling or removal.
Sometimes young children should visit the doctor not with their mother, but with someone else from their relatives – dad, grandmother, aunt. The child’s anxiety is very strongly transmitted to the mother and vice versa, which can distract the pediatric dentist from quickly and efficiently performing the work.
The key to easy filling or tooth extraction is a preliminary acquaintance of the baby with the clinic and doctors, an age-appropriate explanation from parents and specialists – for the little ones we hold the first meeting in the dentist’s office in a playful way.
In family dentistry “Your Dentist” in Odessa, the pediatric dentist will answer all the parents’ questions, carry out a preventive examination and provide qualified assistance in the case of children’s caries.
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