Pedodontics – Pediatric Dentistry

Pedodontics – Pediatric Dentistry, from birth to the end of adolescence; It is a department that aims to protect the healthy milk and permanent teeth of children aged 0-15 years and to eliminate the problems caused by caries, trauma, hereditary and similar factors in these teeth.

Pedodontics is a specialty of dentistry that follows and treats the oral and dental health of children from infancy and the development of the jaw-facial region, and also includes preventive measures.

When Should I Visit the Dentist for the First Time?

Visit the pediatric dentist on your child’s first birthday. It is very useful to repeat these visits every 2-3 months. Clean your child’s teeth only with a toothbrush, both at night and before daytime sleep. Help your child with oral care until all the baby teeth erupt (2.5-3 years).

How should nutrition and dental care be in children?

When your baby’s teeth start to erupt, you should follow these precautions carefully

  • Do not put your baby to sleep by breastfeeding.
  • Put your baby to sleep after cleaning your baby’s teeth with a wet cloth.
  • Never put your baby to sleep with a bottle full of sweetened, honeyed milk mixture.
  • Do not force your baby to finish the formula in the bottle. This can cause the baby to vomit.
  • When bottle-feeding, do not put the bottle in your own mouth to check the temperature.
  • Fruit juices, which are very useful for children, can lead to tooth decay if they are continuously given in a bottle.
  • When your child reaches the age of 1 year, stop breastfeeding and bottle feeding and get them used to drinking liquid food from a glass.
  • Clean your child’s teeth only with a toothbrush. Help your child with oral care until all the milk teeth have erupted (2.5-3 years).

Importance of Milk Teeth

There are 20 milk teeth in total. The first task of milk teeth is to provide nutrition for the
child. The proper development of speech also depends on the presence of milk teeth. Deciduous teeth protect the space they occupy for the permanent tooth that will replace them and guide the permanent tooth as it erupts.

When the deciduous tooth is extracted early, this natural placeholder function disappears. The primary aim of pediatric dentistry is to take precautions to prevent dental problems and to guide children to a caries-free future. The procedures applied for this purpose are called Preventive Dentistry Practices.

Pediatric Dentistry Practices

  • Procedures to prevent tooth decay,
  • Preventive and preventive orthodontic treatments
  • Extraction of teeth that cannot be treated,
  • Treatment and restoration of decayed deciduous and permanent teeth,
  • Monitoring tooth eruption and dentition and preventing deviations from normal,
  • Diagnosis, treatment and long-term follow-up of traumatic dental and supporting tissue injuries,
  • There are applications such as diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of gum diseases seen in childhood and young individuals.
  • It is to prevent the negativities that may arise with the formation of early tooth loss with some apparatus and to ensure that the tooth row is in a proper shape.

Procedures performed in our clinic

  • Protective Applications:  
  • Fissure sealant
  • Fluorine applications
  • Treatment of tooth decay
  • Dental trauma treatments
  • Placeholders