Another issue that our clinic attaches importance to is our pediatric patients.
Oral and Dental Health in Children
Our teeth; performs vital functions such as feeding, speaking, swallowing. The foundation of healthy teeth begins to be laid almost from infancy. At 6-8 months, the lower and upper incisors begin to erupt. Then, with the eruption of a group of teeth every six months, the eruption of the upper teeth is completed at the age of 2.5-3 years. When the baby teeth reach the age of 6-8, they are replaced by permanent teeth as the lower and upper incisors shake and fall. It continues until the age of about 12 years that all of the milk teeth fall out and the permanent teeth come out.
Caries is an event caused by microorganisms that settle on teeth that are not brushed well for a long time. Of course, the most effective way to prevent caries is regular and careful tooth brushing.
Tooth cleaning in children should begin with the eruption of the first tooth, that is, when it takes its place in the mouth. During this period, the cleaning of the teeth should be done by the parents with sterile gauze without using toothpaste. After 2.5-3 years of milk teeth are finished, brush and paste can be used. It is very difficult to implement a technique for brushing teeth in preschool children. The important thing at this age is to give the child the habit of brushing teeth. When brushing, children often brush the visible or easily accessible surfaces of the teeth. However, in order to prevent caries, it is necessary to clean the interfaces and chewing surfaces of the teeth much better. For this reason, parental control is good after brushing. Toothbrushes made of soft and nylon bristles suitable for the child’s mouth size should be used.
Each of the milk teeth prepares a place for the permanent tooth coming from underneath. For this reason, prematurely extracted milk teeth due to caries may cause crowding in the teeth in the future, that is, orthodontic problems.
Orthodontics; In its most general definition, it deals with the treatment of unwanted crowding, gaps or disorders in the jaw and teeth. Some orthodontic problems may occur at very early stages. In particular, individuals with a family history of dental disorders are more likely to encounter the same problem.
Orthodontic disorders may occur due to reasons such as long-term use of pacifier and bottle, thumb sucking, inability to breathe through the nose due to large tonsils and/or adenoids. Early diagnosis helps to solve the problem more easily with better results.
Dental and gingival health; It can be provided with a regular care that starts at a very young age, protective flour applications, periodic controls and early diagnosis.
Emergency situations in children’s teeth
Clean around the aching tooth. Gargle with lukewarm salt water and floss any stuck-on food residues. Never put aspirin or similar medicines on the teeth. Give your child a pain reliever you’ve tried before and take him to a dentist as soon as possible.
If the tooth is displaced as a result of trauma;
Find the female. Get it without touching the root as much as possible. Milk is the ideal environment to store the tooth until you go to the dentist. Go to your dentist as soon as possible by preserving it in a clean container in milk.
Trauma to primary or permanent teeth;
Contact your dentist without wasting any time. With each lost hour after trauma, the damage increases.
bitten lip, tongue or cheek;
Put ice on the injured area. If bleeding occurs, apply gentle pressure with a clean gauze pad. If the bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, visit your dentist.
Until you reach your dentist;
Clean the wound with warm water. Apply a cold compress to that area. Save any broken tooth fragments, if any.