The process of a child’s development is different in different stages of life. It is a time full of changes and interesting discoveries. Every parent must take care of many aspects of the child’s health. Dental conservative treatment is essential for diseases prevention, avoidance of expensive treatment in the future and also for proper teeth care education. The milk teeth structure makes them susceptible to caries development. The paediatric dental procedures are the same as those performed on adults, but the materials are different. The dentist makes every effort to create a friendly and warm atmosphere, in order to not scare the child, which could result with avoiding the dentist visits in the future. Because of this we offer the adaptation visits, an appropriate attitude of the doctors and painless procedures.
First visit – when?
First of all – the very first visit should not be paid when the child has a toothache. Don’t wait for the emergency – choose a convenient normal day instead. Our doctors will make sure that the atmosphere is warm, they will introduce the child to the dental instruments and show how the office works. Remember – your attitude is quite as important! You mustn’t allow the child sense your concern.
How to prepare the child to the visit?
Make sure your child is rested and fed – this will provide the good mood. Have a talk before the visit, tell your child about where you go, don’t say “don’t be afraid”, “it won’t hurt” – the child will take it as an alarm. Read some books, play an educational game about dentistry. This way your child will get used to the subject in his/her natural environment.
How to prepare a scared child?
Most of all – never lie to your child. If you are aware that the procedure will be painful – don’t claim differently. The disappointment will not make any good for the dentist’s image. Use factual arguments, promise a little reward, like ice-cream or a small toy. After the treatment – commend your child for how brave he/she was. In case your child is extremely reluctant and you can do absolutely nothing about it – just postpone the visit to some other, close date – this will allow your child and yourself to calm down.
The adaptation visit process.
During the adaptation visit, your child will see the dentist’s office, meet the doctor and staff. Your child will also be told about the dental procedures, tools and devices. The dentist will teach your child everything in a funny way and give a lot of factual answers. The caring attitude of our staff will make your child feel comfortable and it will be not afraid of the next visit.
What is the fluoridation procedure?
Fluoridation is a procedure of teeth enamel strengthening with the use of a proper fluoride dose. The dentist performs the procedure in the office with a brush and a fluoride preparation.
After the procedure
For some time after the procedure the little patient will have a feeling of thin film on the teeth surface. During these few hours the fluoride level in saliva increases, builds into the enamel in order to reinforce it and make it acid resistant. It is recommended not to eat or drink for two hours after the procedure, also – skip teeth brushing this day at all. The fluoridation should be performed twice a year and, if your child’s teeth are vulnerable to caries, even twice as often.
What is sealing?
Sealing is covering cracks and cavities of the tooth with a product called dental sealant. It’s a protection against food residue and bacteria penetration, therefore the procedure prevents caries development. It should be performed a few months after the tooth had grown completely. If the caries is already observed, the extended sealing procedure may help – it consists of healing the cavity and filling it with dental sealant or standard composite.
Why is it important to seal a child’s teeth?
Sealing is a prevention method, it is a necessary procedure of conservative dentistry for a child. It prevents the development of caries in cracks and gaps of the teeth, where it’s usually difficult to clean the area properly with a toothbrush. It is extremely important in case of children, for those gaps are much deeper than those in adult teeth. You should observe your child’s teeth carefully and react as quickly as possible when another permanent tooth is cutting.
The procedure description:
Sealing starts with the cleaning of the tooth surface using the special brush and drying the clean area afterwards. Then the dental sealant in a form of liquid paste is being applied into tooth cracks and cavities. The light of a polymerization lamp hardens the sealant. The last step – adjusting the filling to the occlusion. The procedure is painless and causes no discomfort to the child whatsoever.
What is a coloured tooth filling?
The coloured filling is a filling specially designed for children in order to make the procedure more attractive and less stressful. The child may choose his/her favourite, shiny colour out of few available, which engages the child into the whole process.
Why is it worth to use coloured fillings?
The individual choice of your child makes the procedure much less stressful. It makes children happy and proud of the result and the unique decoration that looks really nice and fun. Besides, it’s easier for your children not to forget to take proper care of the filling when it’s nice and coloured, meaning the better oral cavity hygiene is provided. The coloured filling makes the prevention even more effective for it contains big amounts of fluoride and zinc ions that have long-term bacteriostatic and anti-caries properties. At last – those fillings are not that easily grindable and last longer than the regular ones.
What is frenectomy?
The extensive, incorrectly placed frenulum may cause serious problems. Therefore it’s recommended to visit the dentist in order to prevent those difficulties. The procedure is very brief, performed with local anaesthesia. To cut the extended frenulum a special diode laser is used, that makes the procedure bloodless, comfortable and not scary at all.
When should the frenulum be cut?
- Orthodontic causes – the main indication in this case is a diastema (the gap between the front teeth) that didn’t close after all the upper incisors have cut. The procedure is being performed before the braces application.
- Speech therapy causes – the extended frenulum may decrease the movability of the tongue and disturb the articulation of front tongue speech sounds.