The child’s first visit to the dental office is of paramount importance. It is for this reason, your dentist recommends systematic visits from the age of 3 so that this first contact does not occur in an emergency or in pain. This first visit to the dental clinic will often condition the future relationship with the dentist. During this first meeting, we will be able to inform the parents and educate the child to put in place from an early age the gestures and behaviors necessary for good dental health.
The minor inconveniences of tooth eruption
The appearance of the first teeth can be accompanied by unpleasant manifestations such as hyperthermia, hyper salivation, small perioral irritations, diarrhea, etc. It generally begins between 4 and 8 months with the appearance of the lower incisors and continues until 30 months with the eruption of the 1st molars around 18 months, of the canines around 2 years old and finally molars around 3 years old.
Importance of furrow seals
Furrow sealing is indicated to prevent the appearance of decay on permanent molars and has largely made its first in the last twenty years. This quick and painless technique involves filling in furrows using a fluid resin. This prevention technique is indicated for children from 6 years old and adolescents.
At each age, its type of brushing!
Before 3 years old: parents must first clean their teeth using a wet compress and then as soon as the molars appear using a very soft baby toothbrush.
After 3 years: The child begins to brush his teeth, it is desirable that this be done in the presence of the parents so that they can guide him or complete the brushing so that no area is forgotten.
Warning! around 6 years the permanent molars appear, they must be given great vigilance because of their high susceptibility to decay.
Around 8, 9 years old: Children must become independent and learn to take care of their teeth on their own. The brushing method he will use throughout his life can be taught to him at this age.
If a child has deep pits and grooves in their baby (primary) teeth, a sealant might be placed to prevent tooth decay. However, sealants are usually not placed on permanent teeth because they aren’t strong enough.
Since the introduction of fluoride, there has been a decrease in dental caries in children and adults.
Topical fluoride treatment is best for children between 3 and 6 years of age. This type of fluoride comes in a few different forms, including:
Topical fluoride treatments are applied during professional teeth cleanings and help prevent cavities.