Pediatric Dentistry - Children's Dentist in A Coruña
Pediatric dentistry is the specialty that is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of oral diseases in children from birth to adolescence.
We have a highly qualified pediatric dentist in A Coruña to cover any need that a child's mouth may need.
Care of the baby's mouth should be done in the period of breastfeeding with a series of appropriate measures after each milk intake. With the appearance of the first baby teeth until complete replacement by the final teeth, the child's oral hygiene should continue to be monitored.
Oral health care should also be performed on the pregnant woman, a mother with a healthy mouth will have a child with a healthy mouth, therefore caring for the mouth during this period and breastfeeding will protect the baby's mouth.
At the Pardiñas Dental Medical Clinic we carry out a complete study of the mouth identifying the susceptible factors, as well as early treatments to maintain the balance of a healthy mouth. If there is already a pathology, we perform the restorative treatments necessary to restore that health balance and give the patient instructions to continue with the long-term equilibrium achieved. Patient´s collaboration is very important since the patient will have to follow some guidelines and make a series of changes in habits that protect oral health, ideal supplements for clinical treatment.
Working as a team, the clinic and the patient will maintain a healthy mouth for a lifetime.
Baby mouth care
The care of the baby's mouth should be carried out in the lactation period with a series of appropriate measures after each milk intake. With the appearance of the first milk teeth until the complete replacement by the definitive teeth, the child's oral hygiene should continue to be supervised.
Oral health care in pregnant women
Oral health care should also be carried out in the pregnancy, a mother with a healthy mouth will have a child with a healthy mouth, therefore, taking care of the mouth in this period and in breastfeeding will protect the baby's mouth.
When do baby teeth come in?
There are 20 baby teeth in total and they begin to erupt around the sixth or seventh month. The first to erupt are usually the lower incisors, followed by the upper ones. At the first year, normally all the baby teeth have erupted.
Discomfort due to the eruption of the first teeth
When the first baby teeth begin to erupt, the baby may experience symptoms such as the urge to bite, excessive salivation, crying, irritability, and even a low-grade fever.
Cavities in baby teeth
Baby teeth, due to their own structure where the protective enamel layer is thinner and more porous than in a permanent tooth, are more prone to cavities if proper care is not followed.
Conscious sedation for children
In special patients or very young and / or fearful children, there is the possibility of performing a conscious sedation administered by an anesthesiologist, with which the dental procedure can be carried out safely, and the child will not have a bad traumatic memory.
How to brush baby teeth
The brushing technique in children can be done with thimble-shaped brushes with very soft bristles and also with normal brushes, but with a smaller head so that they adapt to the structure of their mouths. When the child is older and can brush themselves, a small amount of toothpaste can be added. It is important to teach the child the correct brushing techniques, and make it a habit of hygiene. For this, games can be used being the parents referents that the child can imitate.
Consequences of pacifier use
The use of a pacifier or thumb suction for a long time (beyond 3-4 years), can produce an alteration in the growth of the child's mouth, which can generate problems of dental malposition. There are specific devices to avoid these bad habits and prevent future problems.
What are dental sealants?
The use of dental sealants is an effective preventive treatment to protect the grooves of the teeth from possible cavities. The sealing of pits and fissures consists of, firstly, demineralizing the enamel surface with a specific acid, and then coating it with a resin that hardens when polymerized with a special light. This treatment helps prevent tooth decay and is especially common in children.