Pediatric dentistry (or pedodontics) is a specialty of dentistry that considers the prophylaxis and treatment specific to temporary dentition and permanent dentition in adolescents. Temporary dentition is of great importance in preventing abnormalities in permanent dentition, so the integrity and health of the dental dentition ensures the health of the permanent dentition.
Dental hygiene must begin with the appearance of the first temporary teeth, and the main role in educating oral health belongs to parents. In this regard, the advice of the dentist regarding the appropriate hygiene measures is absolutely necessary.
It is important to educate children to have proper dental hygiene and to form healthy habits.
By continuously monitoring the child and evaluating the teeth, the dentist can anticipate possible dental problems in children. Only in this way will he be able to intervene in time through prophylactic procedures meant to keep the dental substance as healthy as possible.
The health and treatment of baby teeth are of great importance for the comfort of young patients, prevent the development of complicated caries and contribute to the education of children on oral health. Below are two examples of painless but effective prophylactic treatments that we can apply to our little patients.
Sealing is a caries prevention technique by applying a resin on occlusal surfaces, only in ditches and dimples. Once sealed, they allow an easier and more efficient removal of food debris and bacterial plaque, and thus we obtain increased protection against the appearance of caries.
Tooth fluoridation is another procedure for the prophylaxis of tooth decay. It can be applied to all teeth, usually twice a year. It is known that the flower absorbed on the surface of the enamel helps to remineralize it, reduces the risk of caries, increases the ”hardness” of the enamel and increases its resistance to acid attack.