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What is pedodontics
Pedodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with preventive and therapeutic interventions in order to preserve oral health of children from their birth till adolescence. It also includes care of patients with special needs even after that age, who are physicaly, mentally or emotionally challenged. Pedodontics treats the patient and not the tooth, so each child is approached differently.
First visit to the dentist
It is extremely important that the childs first visit to the dentist is a positive experience. You as a parent have an important role in creating a positive atmosphere. If you are nervous during the visit, your nervousness will unconsciously pass onto your child.
The first visit should be very short and without any interventions or procedures, which could make the time spent in the practice unpleasant for your child. This should be a short visit with the goal of making friends with the dentist and getting to know the practice.
If a tear appears in the eye of your child during the visit, believe us, it will disappear, and your child will leave our practice with a broad smile on its face, as hundreds of our other little patients do.
”I assure you that I have received a type of treatment I almost forgot it existed. I was captivated by the centre's hospitality, kindness and professionality. I will always stay faithful to Studio Vukic.“
Francesco, Gavardo (Italy)
Your role as a parent is essential in making a habit of regular and correct maintenance of oral hygiene. Teeth brushing should start as soon as your child gets its first teeth. Tooth paste with flourine should be used as soon as your child is big enough not to swallow it. At the age of 4-5 your child should be big enough to brush its teeth on its own 2 times a day with your supervision. At the age of 7 your child should be independent enough to brush its teeth on its own without any supervision and on self-initiative.
Correct brushing of the teeth from the early age prevents plaque accumulation and caries development. If caries develops anyway, even on a milk tooth, it is important to fill the tooth to prevent tooth movement, and by that movement of other teeth as well. If you're unsure of the correct way to brush your child's teeth, we'll gladly advise you.
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It is very important for your child to visit the dentist for the first time before it turns 7. That way we can be sure that child's bones and jawbone are developing correctly. If the teeth move into an irregular and unnatural position, problems with the bite might occur. Such position can be corrected using orthodontic braces which allow correct development of the jawbone.
Children’s playfulness, lack of fear, sports activities and other different situations can lead to damage of milk or permanent teeth. Irrelevant if it's a crown fracture, tooth root fracture or expulsion of a tooth, it's very important to take your child to a dentist immediately. If your child is actively engaged in some contact sports we advise making a tailored teeth guard (splint) in order to prevent teeth injury during development.
Frequently asked questions
1. To which age groups are children divided in pedodontics?
Children are divide into 4 general groups, and these are:
- from the birth up to age of 3 - teething
- from 3 up to age of 6 – milk teeth
- from 6 up to age of 12 – mixed teeth, dental traumas and orthodontic anomalies
- from 12 up to age of 18 - adolescence
2. How to brush teeth of a teething child?
A gentle and soft tooth brush, with a small head, specially tailored for babies will efficiently remove all bacteria and prevent plaque accumulation on the teeth.
3. Are milk teeth really so important for the child?
Milk teeth are important for many reasons. They not only help your child while speaking and chewing, but are also very important for correct formation of permanent teeth when milk teeth start to fall out.
4. What is the sequence of teething?
Teeth start forming even before child’s birth. At 4 months first milk incisors start to erupt. Although all 20 milk teeth will erupt till the age of 3, their sequence and the speed of eruption vary. Permanent teeth start to erupt around the age of 6, starting with first molars and mandibular centrals. This process can last up to the age of 21.