Pedodontics (Pediatric Dentistry) in Turkey

Pedodontics is the science that examines and solves the problems related to oral and dental health in the period from birth to the end of adolescence. Pediatric dentistry aims to preserve the healthy structure of children’s milk teeth and teeth that will be permanent in adulthood.

What is Pedodontics? What Age Group Does It Treat?

Pedodontics (Pediatric Dentistry) is a department that aims to protect the milk and permanent teeth of 0-15 age group children in a healthy manner and to eliminate the problems caused by caries, trauma, hereditary and similar factors in these teeth. Pedodontics (pediatric dentistry) consists of different applications such as the treatment of caries in milk teeth and permanent teeth until the eruption of permanent teeth with the eruption of deciduous teeth, the protection of toothless areas that will occur as a result of early tooth extraction by applying different techniques, the application of prostheses in children born without teeth.

Children’s dental treatment primarily aims at the healthy eruption of the milk teeth that erupt in childhood and the healthy eruption of the permanent teeth that will replace the milk teeth.

What is the Importance of Baby Teeth in Children?

In general, in the first six months of infancy, milk teeth are present until the permanent teeth take their place in the mouth. In this respect, milk teeth are important both during development and because they shape permanent teeth. Thanks to keeping the milk teeth in the mouth in a healthy way, the permanent teeth are also correctly positioned and an aesthetic tooth alignment is provided. However, in case of early loss of milk teeth, other teeth slide into the gap created by the missing tooth, and as a result, the tooth alignment is disrupted. The permanent teeth that will come from behind cannot be positioned correctly under these conditions and the general aesthetic alignment of the teeth is lost. In addition, the person suffers from malnutrition. This affects the child’s development.

What are the frequency and causes of caries in children?

We can say that the incidence of decayed teeth in children is approximately 80-90%. Among the reasons for this are factors such as wrong eating habits and not paying attention to oral hygiene. In addition, if caries develops in the early period, factors such as giving night milk, giving the false pacifier given to babies dipped in sweet nutrients such as honey and jam cause the formation of rotten teeth.

What is bottle rot?

Breast milk, artificial milk or formulas, which have an important place in the nutrition of babies, contain sugar as natural ingredients. If the baby takes breast milk or formula with a bottle before going to sleep at night, the nutrients accumulate in the mouth and remain there for a long time. The sugar in it creates a suitable environment for tooth decay. should be done. The best precaution that can be taken for this is to make babies drink water before sleep. For the prevention of baby bottle caries;

  • The baby should not sleep with a bottle at night.
  • Sweeteners such as sugar or honey should not be added to his food or milk.
  • The pacifier should not be applied to substances such as honey or jam.
  • The baby’s mouth should be cleaned with a clean cloth after feeding.
  • After the baby’s meal, water should definitely be drunk.

What should be done to reduce dental caries in children? How Should Children’s Dental Care Be?

  • Children should be assisted while brushing their teeth. The habit of brushing your teeth twice a day after breakfast and before going to bed at night should be gained.
  • In order to prevent baby bottle cavities, care should be taken in the use of feeding bottles. Children should be provided with fluoride. Fluoride can be obtained from drinking water, fluorine tablets, mouthwashes, fluoridated toothpastes and dentist’s applications.
  • Attention should be paid to the junk food that children will eat between meals. Foods containing sugar and starch feed the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Therefore, attention should be paid to snacks.

What are the Dental Care Practices for Children?

As with any disease, early diagnosis is extremely important in dental diseases. At this point, they should go to the pediatric dental clinic regularly once a month and be checked by a pediatric dentist. In these controls, everything related to child oral health is determined and treatment is started.

Pediatric dentists apply different methods to protect milk teeth and permanent teeth from caries and various diseases in children. These; methods such as teaching the concept of oral hygiene to children, teaching tooth brushing methods, acquiring the habit of brushing teeth, applying systemic fluoride and applying fissure sealant. With these methods, the protection of child dental health is ensured.

Fluoride applications: It is the most effective form of treatment used in preventive dentistry. Fluoride treatments; It can be applied in healthy people, in people who are prone to caries, in the treatment of sensitivity and erosion in the teeth, and in people with systemic diseases that need special care. These applications take place at intervals and rates determined according to the age of the person and the risk of caries formation.

Fissure sealants: There are areas where foods will stick in the recesses and protrusions on the chewing surfaces of the molars anatomically. Caries in the teeth occur in areas that are difficult to clean. Fissure sealants make the surfaces in these areas of the teeth shallow, reduce the adhesion of food and create a suitable surface to facilitate brushing. After these applications, the formation of caries in the teeth decreases by 70-80%.

Pedodontics Prices

Antalya pedodontics (Pediatric dentistry) prices vary according to the child’s dental condition, the number of teeth to be processed and the duration of treatment. In order to get a clear price information, you need to make an appointment with our dentist and go through the first control.

Why Should You Prefer Antalya Panoramik Dental Clinic?

Antalya Panoramik Oral and Dental Health Polyclinic manages the process by valuing the importance of correct diagnosis, planning and treatment in oral and dental health. Among the Antalya dental clinics, the panoramik dental clinic provides pedotonti services in all its branches in Antalya with its expert doctor staff and experienced staff.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pedodontics (Pediatric Dentistry) in Turkey

Which doctor takes care of children's teeth?

Pedodontists or pediatric dentists are dentists who specialize in the control, diagnosis and treatment processes of infant and child oral health from infancy to adolescence.

When should I start brushing my child's teeth?

With the eruption of the first milk tooth, the oral environment must be cleaned. It is for parents to clean the teeth with the help of a wet gauze or cheesecloth. Brushing should be started as soon as the molars in the posterior group begin to erupt (2.5-3 years old). The main purpose here is to give the child the habit of brushing teeth. In order to ensure adequate cleanliness, parental control is essential. You can brush teeth with the child to get used to the brushing process. You can brush for two minutes after breakfast in the morning and before going to bed in the evening.

How to Overcome Fear of the Dentist in Children?

It is important for children to meet with a pediatric dentist before they experience toothache in order to avoid fear of the dentist. A playful meet-and-greet appointment takes the child’s dental clinic away from being a cause for concern. It becomes easier for the child to adapt.

In addition, all dental treatments of pediatric patients should be performed by pediatric dentists who are experts in this field and are competent in communicating with children.

The effect of the negative experiences of children in their first dental treatment can cause them to be afraid of dental treatments and dentists throughout their lives. In order not to experience such a situation, children should not be forced for any treatment or application.