Pediatric Dentistry (Pedodontics)

Deciduous teeth begin to erupt at an average of 6 months, and the primary dentition is completed with a total of 20 milk teeth at the age of 2.5 years.

Children’s mouths should be cleaned after the appearance of teeth.

Sugary and honeyed bottle-pacifiers given to babies cause early baby bottle caries. Excessive sugary foods and acidic beverages are also causes of early caries.

Until the child gains the ability to brush their teeth on their own, families should brush themselves first and then follow up. Children should have their own age-appropriate brushes.

The milk teeth, which are completed at the age of 2.5, will remain in the child’s mouth until the average of 10-11 years. Therefore, their care and treatment is very important.

Growth and development are directly related to the child’s nutrition, namely chewing. Children with cavities on their milk teeth either choose food or do not eat because they cannot chew comfortably. Growth and development are impaired. Milk teeth guide the permanent teeth that will come from below. Since the early removal of the milk teeth will disrupt this guidance, it may cause the permanent tooth to come out crooked or not to come out at all.

Orthodontic problems may occur in the future.

Decays of milk teeth are treated by filling. For deep caries, the process of removing the pulp of the tooth by half, called amputation, is applied.

Around the age of 6, the permanent first molar erupts behind the last primary tooth. The second molars appear around the age of 12. Protective fissure sealants can be applied to protect these teeth against caries.

It would be good to introduce children to the dentist from the age of 2.5-3 and to take them for a check-up every six months, so that the child does not have a fear of the dentist in the future. Caries control is also provided.