Paediatric dentists are the professionals who specialize in dental care for children, ranging from infants to teenagers. Prevention is especially important in Pediatric Dentistry, since if children acquire good habits from an early age, we will be able to prevent many pathologies in the future.
That is why we would like to answer the most frequent questions that parents usually have about their children’s oral health.
1. When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
Dental professionals recommend that you should bring your baby to the dentist when they are 6 months to 1 year old, but you could take them even at an earlier age. If you have any doubts about your baby’s dental hygiene or diet, at D&F Dental Clinic our paediatric dentist can provide you with information about healthy habits.
2. At what age should my child stop using a dummy?
Children should stop using the dummy and/or thumb sucking before the age of 3, as these habits may increase the risk of developing malocclusions.
3. When should I start brushing my baby’s teeth?
Since the moment the first tooth appears. Even before it comes out, it is important to keep the oral cavity clean. Nowadays there are many dental hygiene instruments for babies.
4. How can I choose the best toothpaste for my child?
You have to take into account your kid’s age, but there are some other factors that must be considered, such as the tendency to caries. According to the experts, you should start brushing your child’s teeth with a rice-size smear of toothpaste once their first tooth appears. Use a tiny smear of toothpaste for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old and slightly increase it over time. Generally, toothpastes with 1000 ppm of fluoride are recommended, although you should
consult your paediatric dentist. Sometimes it can be necessary to use fluoride supplements to prevent tooth decay.
5. My child has stains on his teeth, what should I do?
You should make an appointment with your paediatric dentist, who will determine whether it is related to any pathologies. Baby bottle tooth decay is relatively common. Your dentist can provide treatment for it, but the best way to avoid the issue is through early awareness and prevention.
6. My child has tooth decay, what can I correct from his diet?
Any source of fermentable carbohydrates should be avoided, as it is the main cause of tooth decay. It is also important to maintain good hygiene habits. Patients who are at risk for dental caries should carry out a diet analysis and follow the advice given in our dental clinic.