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Many parents are very concerned about what they should do to prevent their children from experiencing dental problems. For this reason, families;
- When to start brushing?
- What's the best toothpaste?
- When should the first dentist be examined?
frequently ask questions such as. The only reason they ask these questions is to ensure that their children have a healthy mouth-tooth structure in the future.
With the application of the following, it is not far that our children will have decayed teeth in the future.
Usually, babies remove their first teeth between 4-14 months. As soon as your child's first tooth comes out, you should clean the tooth and the rest of the mouth. You can do this cleaning with sterile tampons available from a cheesecloth or pharmacies. The first teeth are a sign that your baby's mouth flora has started to change. The number of bacteria in the mouth when the teeth are absent, and the number of bacteria found after driving and the number of bacteria and bacteria types are very different. Therefore, it is very important that the mouth starts to be cleaned with the start of tooth eruption in terms of reducing the number of bacteria. After the number of teeth in the mouth begins to increase, it is necessary to stop cleaning with a cloth and start brushing teeth with a soft brush.
Toothbrushes should be brushed without toothpaste until the age of 2 and after the age of 2 the toothbrush should be brushed with a toothpaste (low fluorine concentration) specially designed for children. Fluor is still the most effective method of preventing tooth decay. Almost all children's toothpastes have the same Fluor concentration. Using chickpea-sized toothpaste will prevent children from swallowing unnecessary toothpaste. Children love to eat toothpaste because of their taste, and it should be emphasized that children should not swallow toothpaste while teaching children brushing in the early period. For babies under 2 years of age, there are no fluoride-containing pastes abroad. Unfortunately, these products are not available in our country, but you can get more information about which paste to use in children under 2 years of age by consulting your pediatric dentist. Flossing is essential for optimal oral hygiene as well as for adults as well as for children. The use of dental floss in children around 3-4 years of age is only possible with the application of the mother or father. Children can only be between 8 and 10 years old because of their ability to floss themselves.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists, the first visit to the dentist should take place after the first tooth or first birthday. The first visit to the dentist will help you to obtain information about your child's current dental condition, how to avoid early childhood caries and detailed information about nutrition / dental health. You will also be informed of how to brush your teeth and how often it should be done.
Preventive dentistry approaches are changing as the children get older. While the protective applications to be performed by the dentist until 1-5 years of age are only in the form of professional cleaning of the teeth and fluorine varnish applications, different approaches can be applied such as the application of fluorine gels on the teeth after 6 years of age and the “Fissure Cover az applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars. Regular application of fissure sealers and fluorine prevents tooth decay up to 90%. Especially during the “mixed dentition en entered after the age of 6, visiting dentists at least 2 (two) times a year will ensure that your child has a caries-free mouth thanks to the preventive applications.
Healthy and Happy Smiles im
Dr. Dt. Timuçin ARI
Pedodontics (Pediatric Dentist) Specialist
Confi-Dent Oral and Dental Health Center