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Oral health is a very important issue that affects our general health. Therefore, the first step of healthy teeth and gums begins in infancy. Cagdas Kislaoglu, a dentist, emphasized that the children who gained the habit of cleaning teeth had healthy teeth and gums in advanced ages and warned their parents about the importance of milk teeth.
When are the first teeth seen?
“Although the primary teeth can be variable, it usually starts from the lower anterior region after an average of 6 months and is completed at the age of 3, although it may change. During this period, a total of 20 milk teeth are placed symmetrically in the lower and upper jaws of your child. ”
Milk teeth are very important
Dentist Çağdaş Kışlaoğlu stated that treatment of oral and dental diseases in children constitutes the basis of preventive dentistry, and that the belief that the decay and withdrawal of milk teeth will change is not completely important.
“Milk teeth are the teeth that continue after birth and work in the process extending to the age of the puberty. Their structure is slightly different than permanent teeth. Because everything in our body has a task and systematic, as well as milk teeth. If the primary teeth decay and retract prematurely, the lateral teeth will slip and the permanent teeth will not cause room for any permanent teeth, resulting in perplexity and orthodontic treatment.
If they do not pull out and cause a chronic inflammation, both the calcification of the underlying permanent tooth and the general health of the child will be affected. There is also the guidance of the primary teeth from the bottom to the permanent teeth. Therefore, it is very important for children to gain the habit of oral care and health of their primary teeth. ”
6 Age female is not a milk tooth!
“In infants, milk teeth fall down and are replaced by young continuos, which occurs in a process that follows the order of riding on the milk teeth. The most important point to note here is the presence of a 6-year-old tooth, which is thought by many to be a milk tooth. There is no movement in the dental arches from about 3 years to 6 years after the milk sequence is completed. When the child reaches 6 years of age, the first permanent female, 6 years old female, takes its place in the arch behind the molars. ”
First-time teeth cutters
The first group of teeth following the age 6 teeth is the group of cutters. Following it, the first milk molars, the second milk molars and milk canine teeth are poured. Upper permanent canine teeth are the last last teeth. Riding between 11-13 years is completed. In addition, the second permanent molars at the age of 12 years and the third molars at the age of 20 (16-24 years).
Why do children's teeth decay?
• Milk teeth contain more organic matter than permanent teeth, so they are more prone to caries, decay easier and faster.
• Children cannot interpret signals such as cold-hot tenderness and mild pain that can be seen early in caries. They only notice it when there is too much pain to tolerate, which may be too late.
• Children cannot pay attention to oral care as much as adults. The child's dexterity, curiosity and attitude of the parents determine the habit of brushing teeth.
• The teeth become prone to decay due to malnutrition.
Can caries be prevented?
A vaccine or drug that can completely prevent caries has not yet been developed, but materials to reduce the number of caries are in use today.
Fissure sealants: There are small pits called fissures on the chewing surface of molars. Cover the pits with fissure covering material; germs, food residue etc. Prevention of caries is prevented from leaking. This procedure can be applied to permanent molars and molars from the age of 6 years.
Fluoride application: Another way to prevent caries is to increase caries resistance. This resistance is gained by applying superficial fluoride to the teeth.
Tooth brushing: The most common complaint we hear from parents is that their children do not brush their teeth. The easiest and most effective method for children to continue this habit in later years is to start brushing their teeth at an early age.
How to choose a toothbrush and toothpaste for children?
Toothbrushes made of soft, nylon bristles suitable for the size of the child's mouth should be used. At the moment there are brushes and pastes specially prepared for children. Children love the taste of toothpaste and swallow it while brushing. Therefore, it would be a more appropriate approach not to use toothpaste in children under 3 years. We can describe the amount by saying the size of a chickpea.
How can we give children the habit of brushing teeth?
• Brush your teeth with a separate toothbrush when brushing your teeth. Get her some toothbrushes and toothpaste. Let these brushes and pastes be brushes and pastes of different color and different comic book heroes. Let him choose another pair at a time. This choice will increase her desire and motivation for brushing teeth.
• Wait for him to brush his teeth first, then let his room brush your teeth.
• Be sure to create a tooth brushing board at home and mark the board after each brushing.
• Place an hourglass in the bathroom and hold the time by turning the hourglass upside down for each scrubbing, just brushing your teeth for about 2 minutes.
Please note that your child has no knowledge of tooth decay. Feed him sticky candy, chocolate, biscuits and show him how he sticks to his teeth in the mirror. Then have your teeth brushed and show him how beautiful, clean and white his teeth are in the mirror.