Care of children’s teeth
The responsibility for the child’s teeth is usually borne by their parents. It is very important not only to regularly visit the dentist, but also to teach children how correctly take care of their teeth and oral cavity. Proper care of the oral cavity from the child’s birth can prevent the development and subsequent treatment of tooth decay. Our dental hygienists and our dentist, who is focused on paediatric dentistry, will tell you about the principles of prevention of tooth decay and child tooth care. They will be happy to provide you with information on proper nutrition, hygiene, fluoridation and how to remove various bad children´s habits.
Complete initial examination for children
The objective of the initial examination for children is to determine the condition of the hard and soft oral cavity tissues, and to obtain information from the parents about how they observe dental hygiene and their child’s eating habits. This examination includes the following:
- Digital panoramic X-ray OPG (orthopantomogram).
- Detailed digital RVG images, eventually Bite-wing images for control of interdental spaces and spaces under the back teeth fillings.
- Detailed examination of teeth and gums with magnifying glasses, eventually intraoral cameras.
- Assessment of the quality of existing fillings and determining the level of the child’s dental hygiene.
- Assessment of the position of teeth and jaws within orthodontic prevention.
- If necessary, preparing a treatment plan with the cooperation of parents.
Fissure sealing (so-called sealing)
What is a fissure? It is a small groove in the tooth. Therefore, bacteria can get inside. These grooves are located predominantly on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and premolars. Fissure sealing is a preventive procedure that is mostly done in children to protect freshly cut teeth before tooth decay develops. The ideal time for sealing is the period as soon as possible after the cutting of the tooth. At that time, there are not so many bacteria, which cause tooth decay, in the grooves, and therefore sealing has the greatest chance of long-term success in paediatric dentistry. The sites most prone to tooth decay are covered with a special sealing material that closes access to these difficult to clean parts of the tooth to dangerous bacteria.
Any performance (from tooth decay removal to dental hygiene) can be performed in analgosedation, which is sedative analgesic anaesthesia. While general anaesthesia means that the child completely falls asleep, analgosedation causes insensitivity and the brain stops perceiving pain. Small patients in this state can breathe themselves while they sleep but they do not remember the treatment process. In analgosedation, we use a safe and effective inhaled analgesia, Entonox, known as “laughing gas”, which has the necessary rapid onset and offset of effect.