Children's dental treatment is a matter of the heart for us in the Vienna office. On the Milk teeth, which starts approximately from the 4. month of life become visible, and the first permanent teeth in the 6. year of lifeAfter all, special attention should be paid to this.
From the first milk tooth, the rule is: clean your teeth.
Initially, the little teeth clean the parents, later the children themselves may take over the toothbrush. However, it is recommended for children aged 2-6 years, after brushing their teeth, to recheck. It is also advisable to clean the teeth after brushing in order to gradually give them responsibility for their teeth. As a guideline, as soon as children have mastered cursive writing, they should be able to brush their teeth independently. It is important to keep the milk teeth as long as possible, because they are the most important teeth. Placeholder serve for the permanent teeth.
Nevertheless applies: Just because the child refuses, it does not mean that teeth do not need to be brushed. The responsibility for the condition of the milk teeth and subsequently permanent teeth still lies with the parents.
When is the first time to go to the dentist ?
The first visit to the dentist can or should take place from the age of 2. This is mainly to get to know the dentist and to establish a positive first connection with the dentist. The age at which the children really get to know something and get used to the first visit to the dentist is around the age of 3 or 4. At this age, the first children's dental treatment can already be carried out, if a caries devil should nevertheless have strayed. There are special children's tooth fillings for children's teeth, up to fissure sealing as a precaution for the first teeth. Molar teeth.
When is the time for braces ?
Should you already in childhood Tooth or jaw malocclusions so they can be easily identified by means of removable braces or invisible rails by supporting the growth of the jaw. Also the therapy of so-called Habits such as thumb sucking, tongue pressing or a tongue malposition, can, if detected early, prevent possible later malformations. Here, the cooperation with Speech therapists plays an essential role. Here, so-called myofunctional exercises (such as muscle training for the tongue and cheek muscles) are used to change the setting of the tongue position. This can have a positive effect on growth and improve or even prevent malpositions.
The focus of pediatric dental treatment is thus on:
- Deciduous tooth preservation
- the prevention of caries through correct Oral hygiene instructions
- in the early detection of tooth or jaw malocclusions
Once the children have gained confidence, even the most fearful among them can be treated. In very difficult cases, where children cannot reasonably be expected to undergo treatment under normal conditions (in the case of numerous massively destroyed teeth), general anesthesia remains the last resort. To avoid the risks involved, it is important to take even small children to the dentist to familiarize them with the unfamiliar environment and to show them that there is no danger from the dentist. In this way, they slowly lose their fears and allow themselves to be looked into the mouth after just 1-2 visits. If one or the other "hole" is then to be found, there are little tricks of the Behavioral guidance around the children voluntarily and of its own accord to get ready for the treatment, because Dental fear does not have to be.
Why are milk teeth important ?
Milk teeth are placeholders during jaw growth. They should never be neglected, even if they eventually fall out. Every milk tooth lost too early disturbs the development of the bite.
What are the sixes ?
They are the first permanent teeth in the dental arch, also called 6 year molars, because they erupt around the age of 6. Due to their rear position, they are often overlooked or not recognized as permanent teeth. As soon as they become visible, it's time to brush well.
Pacifier how long ?
It is essential to start leaving out the teeth at the latest at the age of 3 (age 2-3) in order to avoid malocclusions of the teeth and jaws.
When will stop thumb sucking ?
A persistent sucking habit should be remedied quickly. As with the pacifier, the sooner it is stopped, the better, otherwise it can have a lasting negative effect on the development of the teeth. In order to break the habit of thumb sucking, it is often advisable to switch to a pacifier, as this can be removed more easily.
What to consider before the first visit to the dentist ?
You can find tips and tricks here: first visit to the dentist
Link: Dr. Carina Wick, Member of the Austrian Society for Pediatric Dentistry