There are many myths in the field of pediatric dentistry. Due to misconceptions, parents sometimes do not take their child to the doctor, refuse important procedures, which leads to worsening of the condition of the teeth in the future.
Together with the doctor of the Dental Clinic (located in Pervouralsk, we suggest you visit!) Aisalu Kurbanova, we dispel the most popular myths about the health of children’s teeth.
Myth 1. Milk teeth do not need treatment. They will continue to be replaced by permanent ones.
A rather dangerous misunderstanding. After all, the neglected caries of a baby tooth penetrates the germ of a permanent one. So the tooth that will erupt will have already been infected, it can grow incorrectly.
In addition, the wrong position of the baby teeth can disrupt the bite.
It is therefore necessary to visit the dentist from the moment the child pulls out the very first tooth.
Myth 2. Any dentist can treat children’s teeth.
Pediatric dentistry is a separate field that takes into account all the characteristics of the child’s body in the treatment process. When working with children, dentists use completely different medicines, tools and materials.
In addition, a pediatrician should be able to find contact with a small patient, be a little psychologist. This is very important for children. After all, if the first visit to the dentist did not cause pain and fear, in the future the visit to the doctor will be calm, without problems.
Myth 3. The cure for caries is just to torture a child. It is better to take out a decayed tooth and wait for the permanent one to come out.
Due to the early removal of baby teeth, serious problems can arise. As a result of the extraction of a tooth that has been infected with caries, the adjacent teeth move from their places and try to fill the empty space. Because of this, at an older age, the child will have to correct the wrong bite. In the absence of dairy teeth, the food is chewed badly.
And in general, tooth extraction for a small child is a great psychological stress, after which he may begin to be afraid to go to the dentist.
So it is better to treat decay of deciduous teeth.
Myth 4. Children should only visit the dentist if they have a toothache.
Again, no. The first visit to the dentist should be made at the latest at the age of one year. Then, if the crumbs do not have problems with the teeth, you visit the dentist twice a year, if there are problems do it once a quarter or as your doctor suggests. This is the only way to eradicate all diseases in the early stages.
Myth 5. It is necessary to engage in a bite when the baby teeth have already replaced the permanent ones.
Modern dentistry will help eliminate the problem of biting at any age.
But the sooner you start, the better. Then the process will not be so great. In addition, children tolerate orthodontic appliances in their mouth more easily and are not ashamed of them.
It is best to go for a tip to an orthodontist at the age of 6-7 years (at this age the permanent teeth start to come out). If there are problems, the doctor will be able to immediately influence the direction of tooth development.
Myth 6. Children do not need crowns or dentures.
Sometimes a baby tooth (or its remnants, if, for example, there was an injury) still needs to be removed. At the same time, however, it is important to maintain, as we have already said, a place for a permanent tooth. That’s what prosthetic babies are for. They are removable plates with one or more artificial teeth that do not allow the neighboring teeth to move and occupy a vacant position. In addition, why torture a child who due to lack of teeth can not bite and chew food normally?
Myth 7. Baby teeth are treated and removed only under general anesthesia.
Pediatric anesthesia in dental treatment is selected depending on the complexity of the upcoming operation, the age of the child and the psychological mood. For anxious and shy children, hypnotherapy is the best choice. Especially if you need to remove more than one tooth, but many.
Indications for general anesthesia are severe mental illness, acute purulent inflammatory processes, allergies to drugs for local anesthesia.
Myth 8. Baby toothpaste is a marketing ploy. Milk teeth can be brushed by anyone.
Manufacturers of baby pastes take into account the characteristics of the child’s body. Even with frequent ingestion, the optimal concentration of the substance will not cause harm.
In addition, baby tooth enamel is less durable than permanent tooth enamel, so baby toothpastes are less abrasive.
Myth 9. The child must brush his own teeth. You do not need to control it.
At a young age, a child can not provide proper oral hygiene. Therefore, the baby may start brushing his teeth or finish, but at any stage, the adult must attach and brush the child’s teeth properly, with his own hand.
This is necessary to avoid problems with the teeth and to save the treatment at the dentists.
Myth 10. If the baby teeth are bad, then the permanent ones will be the same.
This is not true! If a child has, for example, the placement of deciduous teeth and they are weak, with fine enamel, then this does not mean that the permanent ones should be the same. Undoubtedly, if the baby teeth are affected by pulpitis or caries, they must be treated, because otherwise the basic elements of the permanent teeth can be damaged.
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