Paediatric Dentistry

Our goal is to ensure that your child’s experience will be as comfortable and positive as possible, by creating a ‘child-friendly’ environment which will create a relationship of trust within the years to come.

The prevention of oral diseases should start early in a child’s life, so the first visit to the dentist should take place on the child’s second birthday. The dentist will thence inform the child and the parents about the dangers of dental decay and also offer advice about how to take care of the teeth, about healthy eating habits as well as about how to deal with habits such as the extensive use of a pacifier in a way that won’t lead to orthodontic problems.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride treatment is a simple, safe, preventive treatment for children aged 3 – 12, which is repeated every six months. The dentist applies fluoride to the teeth as a gel, foam, or varnish, for 1 – 2 minutes. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth and is incorporated into the child’s regular dental check. It is certainly important for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years to be exposed to fluoride, as this is the timeframe during which the primary and permanent teeth come in.

Preventive Fillings / Dental Sealants

Dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-coloured acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth, acting as a barrier that protects the tooth enamel from plaque and acids. Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of the chewing teeth, sealants can benefit adults and especially children. Most tooth decay occurs in children as childhood is the age of “bombing” the mouth with sweets, sugars and soft drinks, which are mostly responsible for the decay of teeth. Other than that, younger children fail to brush their teeth properly, something that primarily affects the first molars, which come into the mouth when a child is about six years old. Sealants can last for many years and they act as protective shields against germs and food particles. During your regular dental appointments, your dentist will check the sealants, reapplying them if they are no longer in place.

Orthodontic Check-up

The right time for an orthodontic check-up is between 6 – 8 years of age, as this will give the orthodontist the chance to spot problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. Thus, he will not only identify and monitor a developing problem but he will also begin treatment at the appropriate time for the child. Early treatment may prevent more serious problems from developing and may make treatment at a later age shorter and less complicated.

Tooth extraction

Most baby teeth fall out on their own. There are times, however, when having them removed by your dentist is not only necessary, but beneficial. This happens in case the primary teeth “hang around” too long, adversely affecting the eruption path of the underlying permanent ones, or when the teeth are severely damaged. When this happens, it is important that the space is maintained until the underlying permanent teeth are in place. Thus, a “space maintainer” is placed immediately.

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