Removing cavities and repairing damaged teeth is critical to maintaining good oral health. Although most adults value and protect our teeth, some underestimate the importance of “milk teeth” in development.
It is crucial to maintain the health of the temporary teeth (although we know that they will be replaced) because they are necessary to eat and speak correctly, and because the teeth of milk influence the correct growth of the jaws and the proper eruption of the definitive teeth . Most of the patients that we see in our pediatric dentistry consultation have definitive teeth and teeth, this is a mixed dentition, and the pediatric dentists know the importance of caring for both dentitions in maintaining a healthy and lasting smile.
What are sealers?
A dental sealant is a dental resin coating that applied on the masticatory surface of the molars protects them against caries.
Which toothpaste is best for my child?
Children under two years of age do not need toothpaste. From the age of two we can introduce any children toothpaste. It is very important that we do not give them adult toothpaste because children swallow toothpaste and the fluoride concentration of a normal toothpaste is toxic to children. Dentifrices with fluoride concentrations are available in the market for children between 2 and 6 years and between 6 and 9 years. In addition the taste and color of the children’s pasta will be much more pleasant.
It is also important to remember that the size of the brush head should be appropriate to the size of the child’s mouth.
Why should fluoride have the child's toothpaste?
It is proven that the use of fluoride prevents in a very important way the risk of dental caries, which is the first cause of dental loss in the child.
If my child has cavities on the baby's teeth, will he also have cavities on the final teeth?
Generally, the health of the definitive teeth is affected by the same conditions of the temporary dentition. This is another good reason why the health of baby teeth is important.
How can parents prevent cavities in their children?
Visits to the dentist are important to prevent your child from having cavities. We can recommend a specific program of brushing and oral hygiene, as well as teaching strategies to help parents avoid the appearance of decay in their children. When these recommendations are applied at home, and combined with visits to the dentist and a balanced diet, you are providing them with lasting oral health and healthy habits.
Are milk teeth important?
Temporary or “milk” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help the child to speak and chew properly, they also help to form a pathway that guides the eruption of definitive teeth when they are ready to erupt.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
The American Dental Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you go to the dentist when the first tooth erupts, and never later than your first birthday.