Dental Treatment in Children (Pedodontics)
In children aged 0-12, dental treatment is divided into many different options according to diseases and needs. First of all, the pediatric dentist examines the teeth at the first appointment and prepares a treatment plan according to the complaints. These treatment methods, which are critical for dental health, enable interventions at an early age. The only factor that determines the number of sessions depends on the type of treatment. It should be kept in mind that dental treatment in children, that is, treatment of decidious teeth, means preventing many diseases that may occur in later years. These disorders are due to malnutrition of children, the loss of premature decidious teeth (due to the natural placeholder and guidance of permanent teeth to replace permanent teeth), dislocation of teeth and misalignment of other teeth, the child’s acquaintance with pain at a very young age and some phobias in the future that might affect the child’s life negatively.
Dental Treatment in Children
Closure or withdrawal of decayed teeth with filling is one of the most preferred applications for dental treatment in children. In addition to genetic causes, malfunctions in nutritional habits and failure to brush teeth regularly cause teeth to decay much faster. The pediatric specialist evaluates the filling options after the examination. Permanent filling is often preferred, while temporary filling can also be made in some cases. The temporary filling is then replaced with a permanent filling in the next session. Colorful fillings specially produced for children have been preferred frequently in recent years.
Informing Parents about Child Dental Health
In recent years, parents have more detailed information about dental health and take necessary precautions. The health brochures, which are distributed free of charge in the pedodontics department of the clinics, also enable parents to be more conscious in this field. For example; the factors that cause tooth decay in children; how wrong opinion of decidious teeth as temporary teeth causing problems in the future are explained by doctors. Brushing teeth three times a day, as well as using the brush correctly is extremely important. Short videos published in this area provide detailed information on the correct use of the toothbrush. In addition, according to the demands, the right toothpaste and dental health products are sold in pharmacies for children.
Fillers do not always provide permanent solutions to caries problems. With the developing technology, fluoride treatment is one of the leading applications that prevent dental caries formation which completely affects dental health.
It is applied as a precaution, especially in teeth that tend to decay. Fluorides, which directly affect tooth enamel positively, make the teeth much stronger. Acids can occur with great speed in children as in adults. Within a few weeks, the teeth that first turn yellow and then decay have undesirable consequences for general oral health and aesthetics. However, these problems are largely controlled by fluoride applications. If done twice a year, decay rates decrease by eighty percent.
Treatment Methods against Tooth Fractures
Another common problem in children is decay. Children often fall down or play minor accidents while playing. Particularly in developmental age, fracture problems are frequently encountered because the teeth are much weaker. Eating hard candies and consuming shelled cookies like nuts also increases the risk.
Special filling methods are used to replace broken teeth. As in adults, laminate treatments for fractures are also available for children. In particular, composite laminates can be applied in a single session in the treatment of tooth fractures.
Other Dental Treatments for Children
Tooth extraction and root canal treatments are frequently preferred in dental treatment in children. Children with chronic bleeding in the gums are also treated extensively. Amputations, known as the smallest of canal treatments, can also be preferred for children to have healthier teeth.
First Choice in Applications: Tooth Cleaning
Dental hygiene is an application that is required in periodic intervals in children as well as adults. Food crumbs, especially trapped between the teeth, can lead to future decay and gum weakening. The teeth can be cleaned once or twice a year without any problems or complaints. In particular, the removal of bacteria that form multi-layered plaques from the surface of the tooth plays an important role in having more healthy and white teeth.