What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is responsible for the early detection of anomalies in the position of the jaws in order to refer the patient to the orthodontist and maxillofacial surgeon and thus be able to modify or slow down the growth of these bones. They also detect bad habits in order to re-educate them, carry out restorative treatment in the case of dental caries or sealants to prevent future pathology and provide information on oral hygiene procedures to achieve healthy growth in the oral cavity.
I have doubts about Pediatric Dentistry
It is not necessary to wait for a specific date to make the first visit to the dentist. If it is considered that the child suffers from an ailment, it is advisable to take him/her to the dentist quickly.
If there are no unforeseen circumstances, it is advisable to take the child to the dentist for the first time when he/she is one year old. During this visit, the pediatric dentist will be able to check if the mandibular growth is correct and if there are any anomalies.
During this stage (from 0 to 3 years of age) visits to the Dental Clinic are for prevention. If there is no problem or extraordinary situation, an annual visit is recommended.
From the time their first tooth erupts, usually at 6 months. They should be cleaned with a gauze until they are approximately 2-3 years old, when all the primary teeth will be in their mouths. At this age the child can already pick up the toothbrush and, accompanied by his or her hand, brush correctly. At 6 years of age, children should brush their teeth by themselves and then have an adult check them to make sure they are using the right technique and that their teeth are clean. Children should learn from an early age to acquire habits and responsibility for their oral hygiene, and once they have acquired this, they will keep their teeth for the rest of their lives.
Normally with the eruption of the first tooth, at 6 months of age. From this time onwards you should monitor your baby’s dental eruption and hygiene, as well as regular check-ups with your specialist. At approximately 2-3 years of age your child should have all the primary teeth in the mouth and at 6 years of age the first permanent molar will erupt. We recommend a visit to the orthodontist in case it would be convenient to modify the growth of their jaws or create space for the rest of the permanent teeth, now is the time.