Pediatric Dentistry

Prevention and Awareness

Dental caries can occur from the moment the first teeth appear in a child's mouth.

Therefore, pediatric dentists recommend starting oral hygiene from that very moment with a wet gauze or silicone thimble and then, when the child is older, brushing according to their needs and always with a toothbrush that is correct for their age.

The use of fluoride or toothpaste is not always necessary, your pediatric dentist should indicate its use according to the needs of each individual child.

The Spanish Society of Pediatric Dentistry (S.E.O.P.) advocates that the first visit to the dentist should be made when the child is one year old or when the child has its first teeth in its mouth. In this first visit the pediatric dentist will explain to the parents the importance of hygiene and how to carry it out, and will also give dietary guidelines to avoid, as far as possible, bad habits that can lead to the development of caries in the child.

From that moment on it is advisable to make regular visits to control the oral health of the child, apply fluoride varnishes if necessary and establish a child-Odontopediatrician bond that will reduce DENTAL ANXIETY in future treatments.

Remember that it is always better to PREVENT than to CURE (and more economical).

Childhood caries

Caries is a multifactorial infectious disease caused by bacteria that colonize the oral cavity and destroy dental structures.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, so its prevention is important.

Due to the infectious nature of the disease, it is important to explain that parents/caregivers with a tendency to have caries have a higher population of these cariogenic bacteria in their mouth so they can “infect” their children, as a consequence, prevention will begin in the adults responsible for their care.

It is false that a child is born with caries. Caries begins when the cavity is colonized by these microorganisms and associated with other factors such as a diet rich in sugars or carbohydrates, poor hygiene, snacking between meals, eating during sleeping hours, dipping the pacifier in sweet substances, excessive juices or milkshakes...

Trauma and dental fractures

One of the most frequent accidents in children are falls or blows to the face. In these falls, due to their lack of automatic reflexes, it is also very frequent that there is a blow to the mouth (lips and/or teeth).