Oral health in children and adolescents
From an early age, it is essential to introduce and learn healthy oral hygiene habits to children. With a healthy mouth, they will have better chewing, better overall health, and more confidence in themselves.
During the first visit, the dentist and the hygienist will make sure to create a place of trust with the child and will perform the oral examination and cleaning as well as the application of a fluoride gel. They will benefit greatly from teaching you brushing and flossing techniques. With the help of parents, a ritual brushing and flossing is introduced. The child will gain in dexterity and be better disciplined with his growth.
Around the age of 6, the child begins to have his first adult teeth. Having adequate hygiene before this age is essential.
Parents must avoid passing on their insecurity to children. It is important to adopt a positive attitude and prepare the child for his visit. Always explain to the child and tell them the truth and stop telling them that they will not feel any pain or discomfort during their visit.
For older children, you may be asked to return to the waiting room after the first contact has been made.
Listen carefully to the instructions and suggestions on oral care for your child and maintain a positive attitude towards the meeting.
Make it a habit to schedule an appointment every six months.
Children usually lose all their primary teeth before the age of 12. However, the obturation is sometimes unavoidable before the tooth falls by itself, especially if it is broken or infected. In addition to damaging your child’s oral health, a damaged tooth may negatively impact your child’s self-esteem.
The filling is a solution that is both simple and inexpensive to curb the evolution of caries. It can treat a problem that could eventually cause pain and be very expensive in the absence of immediate care.
If no filling is done and caries spreads, tooth extraction may be the only option. As a toothless space can cause migration of other teeth, a space maintainer might be recommended. The device will preserve the space for the eruption of the permanent tooth by preventing adjacent teeth from encroaching into the vacant space.
The dentist and the hygienist will do the clinical and radiological follow-up during the period of loss of the baby teeth and the push of the adult teeth. They will make sure that the adult teeth find room to push and do not stay embedded or blocked below the gumline. The dentist will decide if there are any milk teeth to be removed, whether there is a need for appliances or a first phase of orthodontic treatment. The dentist will decide when orthodontic treatment should begin, if necessary. Orthodontic treatment is more beneficial if done during your child’s growth. The majority of these treatments will be started between the ages of 11 and 13 years.
Well-aligned, well-positioned teeth promote better oral health while giving your child a beautiful natural smile. We will avoid the problems of self-esteem that can occur in adolescence.
It is during these follow-ups that we will ensure the good development of your young teenager.