Treatment in children
Optimal oral health and good habits for maintaining it will give children the opportunity to keep their teeth throughout their entire lives.
Parents take their children to the paediatrician from the time they are born. They should do the same with the paediatric dentist, since good oral care and hygiene should start when babies are one month old. It is very useful for children to visit the paediatric dentist at an early age, considering that these appointments are check-ups where children can relax and get to know their doctor, who will help them form good oral hygiene habits. Taking care of your child's mouth from the beginning is the key to a healthy smile.
Oral hygiene in children
Some problems can occur in children, affecting their tooth development. But they can be avoided if children are taught good daily oral hygiene habits.
How is it produced?
Caries appear when bacteria attack dental minerals. The main ally of caries is sugar. This is why caries are common in children who frequently eat candy, chocolate and other sticky foods containing sugar, and who do not properly brush their teeth afterward.
There are four main factors that influence caries development:
- Susceptible teeth
- Acid-producing bacteria
- Fermented carbohydrates (sweet drinks, juices, milk, infant milk formulas)
- Time: how long and how frequently teeth are exposed to sugar.
All of these factors play an important role in enamel demineralisation.
How to avoid it?
- Take your baby to the paediatric dentist from the time s/he is one month old.
- Clean your baby's mouth with clean, wet gauze. When the baby has teeth, use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Brush baby's teeth three times per day until s/he learns how to do it by him/herself. Then continue supervising to make sure s/he uses the brush and toothpaste properly.
Advice for parents
Dental hygiene on babies
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