Pediatric Dentistry

The pediatric dentistry is the field of dentistry that deals with the care of children's teeth.

Prevention is a key objective for the pediatric dentistry: for this reason a first follow-up visit is recommended for ages 3-4 years.

Pediatric dentistry and oral hygiene

Proper oral hygiene combined with healthy eating habits will help to save the dental health of the young patient since the deciduous teeth (milk) until the final dentition.

In this regard, the dentist will provide the child and parents the information relating to prevention rules and removal of bacterial plaque and the correct use of the toothbrush, engines and gradually, during control sessions, the teeth and gum health.

Pediatric dentistry and tooth decay: Prevention and Treatment

The sealing of permanent molars is a good defensive strategy against pediatric tooth decay and is feasible, if necessary, even on deciduous teeth.

The chewing surfaces of molars has deep grooves, in which the plaque is easily nestles making difficult and often insufficient everyday maneuvers of oral hygiene. Since the molars at increased risk of early carious lesions, the application of a special resin along the jaw grooves allows to protect the paintwork, making it impervious to bacterial plaque.

The protective effect of the sealing can last several years: a new application is required when the resin is consumed.

The treatment of caries as well as the different dental benefits targeted at young patients, may be carried out with the aid of the laser, in order to avoid the use of anesthesia or whiplash drill turbine.

In more complex cases (or to cope with a poor collaborative ability of the child), dental treatment can be performed using sedation with nitrous oxide and intravenous sedation or hypnosis.

Pediatric dentistry and orthodontics

Important is the role played by prevention in pediatric orthodontics.

An early screening of occlusive masticatory functions and allows the baby, already in the presence of deciduous teeth or milk is to detect any misalignments dental or skeletal abnormalities (maxillary and mandibular). Such alterations, intercepted during the growing period, can be corrected with the help of orthodontic appliances, avoiding the need for any extractions or orthognathic surgery.

Early orthodontic treatment, by identifying the most important malocclusion, allows you to avoid the long and traditional orthodontic treatment in puberty.