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Care And Treatment Of Milk Teeth

Milk teeth are the teeth that fulfill the function and function of permanent teeth before they erupt in children and babies. Milk teeth, just like natural teeth, need to be cleaned and brushed regularly after they take their place in the mouth.

Care And Treatment Of Milk Teeth

What Are Milk Teeth?

Milk teeth are the teeth that fulfill the function and function of permanent teeth before they erupt in children and babies. After the milk teeth, there may be problems such as permanent front teeth not erupting, but we will address these and other problems later in this blog. Most teeth start with these teeth, known as baby teeth, and then change over time with permanent teeth. Generally, children start to get baby teeth at six months of age, and around the age of six the baby teeth are replaced by permanent teeth. Milk teeth are important for chewing, speaking and general oral health, as well as contributing to the proper placement of permanent teeth.

The care and hygiene of milk teeth in the early period is very important. As you know, our teeth affect our general health very much. Any dental health problem can have bad effects for the whole body and deeply affect your daily life. Therefore, the care of baby teeth is very important. Parents usually do not pay much attention to this issue; in this article, we will enlighten parents and prospective parents about this issue.

How To Maintain Hygiene İn Milk Teeth?

Milk teeth, just like natural teeth, need to be cleaned and brushed regularly after they take their place in the mouth. This brushing is done by cleaning the tooth surface with a brush, just like natural teeth. However, it is not as easy to teach children the habit of brushing as it is for adults. For this reason, parents may need to clean their children's teeth themselves first. So how can I teach my child the habit of brushing their teeth?

How To Teach Children The Habit Of Brushing Their Teeth?

The habit of brushing teeth in children is the responsibility of parents from infancy. After the milk teeth erupt, the tooth surfaces of zero-one year old children should be cleaned with finger brushes or cheesecloth, if possible, after supplementary food and breast milk. In order to endear these procedures to children, it is very effective to show them first on various toys. The important thing here is to be gentle during the cleaning of the teeth so that children do not get cold from this process. It should not be forgotten that dental trauma develops in many children from an early age. The choice of toothbrush used for cleaning milk teeth should be made with a soft brush or an extra soft brush.

Should Children Use Toothpaste?

The use of toothpaste in children is not recommended, especially between the ages of zero and three. Toothpaste is not used between the ages of zero and three, as toothpaste ingredients can cause problems in the teeth and mouth with regular brushing. Toothpaste should be avoided especially between the ages of zero and three, as the fluoride contained in the paste ingredients is a danger of swallowing in children in this age group. In children over the age of three, brushing with toothpaste can be done as they have gained the ability to spit out toothpaste. Between the ages of zero and three, brushing should be done with a linear motion from the gums to the tooth surface with a wet brush. Finger toothbrushes, which are frequently preferred today, provide a great advantage for parents.

What Are Preventive Dentistry Treatments For Children?

Preventive dentistry treatments are very important preventive treatments applied by dentists to prevent tooth decay. Thanks to these treatments, the risk of tooth decay is minimized in teeth and children at risk of tooth decay. The most important preventive treatments are fissure sealants and fluoride applications.

Fissure Sealant treatment is a very important treatment applied to prevent bacterial retention in the recesses and protrusions on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. It is also at the forefront of preventive treatments in adults.

Fluoride application increases the resistance of teeth against caries thanks to fluorine applied to the surface of all teeth in the mouth. However, this treatment cannot be applied in children who have fluoride application at a young age because of the risk of swallowing. Fluorine applications should be applied professionally by dentists in a clinical environment.

What İs Fissure Sealant Application? What Are The Harms And Benefits Of Fissure Application To Teeth?

Fissure sealant application is the process of covering the indentations and protrusions (fissures and pits) on the chewing surfaces of the teeth with the help of filling material. This is usually done to prevent or reduce the formation of cavities in molars, especially in children and young adults. In infants, molars can be really important. In children, this procedure is often performed. The procedure is performed by specialists by cleaning the teeth and applying a fissure sealant.

Benefits of Fissure Sealant Application:

Protection: Fissure sealant application helps prevent tooth decay and the formation of cavities. It is an effective method for the protection of milk teeth, especially in children.

Easy Applicability: Fissure sealants can be applied quickly and easily by dentists. Anesthesia may not be required and can usually be completed in a single visit.

Preserving Natural Tooth Tissue: Fissure sealant application preserves the natural structure of the teeth. Since it is applied to the recesses and protrusions of the teeth, it preserves the natural shape and function of the tooth.

Low Cost: Compared to most dental procedures, fissure sealants are affordable.

Disadvantages of Fissure Application to Teeth

May be Temporary: Fissure sealants can wear out or break over time. In children, milk teeth may fall out before this happens naturally, so this disadvantage is not considered vital for the young age group.

Risks may increase if adequate hygiene is not provided: Fissure sealants can hide bacteria and food residues under which decay can occur if adequate oral hygiene is not provided. Therefore, attention should be paid to dental hygiene.

Allergic Reactions: Even if it is unlikely, fissure sealants may cause allergic reactions in some individuals. These are usually not very serious allergic reactions.

Inappropriate Application: The reason for this disadvantage is that fissure sealant application must be performed by specialist physicians. If done improperly, the risk of decay may increase or problems with the gums may occur. Therefore, it is only worthwhile to perform this procedure in dental centers with specialist dentists such as Videntis.

In conclusion, the application of a fissure sealant is an effective way to protect teeth and prevent decay. However, as with any medical procedure, its advantages and disadvantages must be taken into account. Therefore, it is important to discuss the procedure in detail with your dentist to determine the most suitable treatment option for you and your child.

Can decay occur in milk teeth?

Milk teeth are at risk of decay, just like permanent teeth. In fact, this risk is much higher in children due to the difficulties in acquiring brushing habits. However, depending on the content of breast milk and additional food consumed, the risk of tooth decay increases even more. Milk teeth should be kept in the mouth until the permanent teeth come in, both because of their triggering effects on jaw development in childhood and because they cause chewing and speech functions in children.

Should decayed milk teeth be removed?

The decision whether or not to extract decayed milk teeth depends on the situation and the oral health of the child. Ideally, it is best to wait for the deciduous teeth to fall out naturally and allow them to be replaced by permanent teeth in a healthy way. If you contact us and provide the necessary images and checks, we can easily answer this. In general, in some cases, decayed baby teeth may need to be extracted:

Pain and Discomfort: Decayed baby teeth can cause a child to experience pain and discomfort. Extraction may be the best method for decayed baby teeth that cannot be removed in any other way.

Severe decay: In some cases, decayed baby teeth can become serious and affect a child's oral health. The dentist may consider that extracting the decayed tooth may be a better option. This may vary depending on the severity and location of the decay.

Space Retention Problems: Decayed baby teeth can prevent permanent teeth from taking their place. Milk teeth should be extracted so that permanent teeth can easily find a place for themselves in these cases. Teeth erupting from the back before the deciduous teeth fall out is another problem and should not be confused.

However, in general, the removal of decayed deciduous teeth should be based on the professional assessment of the dentist. At Videntis, with 10+ years of experience, we can easily perform this procedure, which is a standard procedure for us, and make the necessary diagnosis. In assessing the child's dental health status, the dentist can determine whether it is more appropriate to keep the decayed tooth or extract it. Depending on the child's oral hygiene and general health, different treatment options may be offered. Therefore, if you are concerned about decayed baby teeth, it is important to consult your child's dentist to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

What are the treatments for decayed baby teeth?

Although the treatment of decayed deciduous teeth requires a different plan in each case, in general; filling, amputation, root canal treatment, hairdressing and crowns. It is very important to treat them as they are both placeholders for permanent teeth and teeth that function in the mouth until permanent teeth come. You can click on this sentence for a more detailed article about placeholders. We strongly recommend you to read it. However, it should not be forgotten that children without preventive treatment are more likely to have initial caries. If left untreated, this can lead to deeper decay and eventually lead to extraction of the milk tooth.

For this reason, regular dental check-ups are of great importance in children.

Failure of Permanent Front Teeth

The absence of permanent teeth to replace deciduous teeth can be due to a variety of reasons and is also known as "permanent tooth deficiency". This condition can be caused by hereditary factors, trauma, infections or various developmental abnormalities. Permanent tooth loss can have negative effects on the proper chewing, speech and aesthetic functions of the teeth. It can also lead to problems such as shifting of other teeth. In the future, it can cause much deeper orthodontic problems.

What to do in case of tooth loss, also known as permanent tooth loss:

Dental Examination: It is important that your child is examined regularly by a dentist. The dentist can assess the situation and determine the appropriate treatment plan. At Videntis Dental Clinic, we have dentists who specialize in children.

Treatment Options: There are various treatment options that can be applied in case of tooth loss. These options may include dentures, dental implants, orthodontic treatments (braces) or dental bridges to close the gap. The treatment plan will depend on the child's age, general health, the location of the missing tooth and other factors.

Early Intervention: Early intervention is important in case of tooth loss. By identifying the condition early, the dentist can initiate the appropriate treatment plan and reduce the impact on the health of other teeth. Thus, it may not require a very detailed and deep dental treatment.

Orthodontic Evaluation: If missing teeth are affecting jaw development or causing malocclusion of other teeth, orthodontic treatment may be necessary. Braces or other orthodontic appliances can be used to straighten teeth and promote jaw development.

Improving Oral Hygiene: A regular and effective oral hygiene routine should be established to maintain the health of other teeth. Regular brushing and flossing of teeth and gums is important to maintain dental health.

Therefore, it is important to have regular check-ups with your child's dentist and to intervene early in case of any tooth loss.

Dental health in children and babies is a very important issue. It may often be necessary to seek help from specialists. In case of any problems, you can quickly call us to consult the situation and get information. Videntis has professional doctors with more than 10+ years of experience in both adult and pediatric dentistry. Contact us for a free consultation today!

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