First time at dentist
Article by Vanessa Boka
Pediatric dentist is the dentist who has been trained in recognized University Pediatric Dentistry programs. This training provides unique knowledge and experience to prevent and address the oral health problems of children, adolescents and people with disabilities. The main goal of the Pediatric Dentist is to provide high quality dental care for the child free from stress and fear. This is achieved mainly by psychological techniques and a specific vocabulary to describe the treatment that make the process simple, understandable and acceptable. Children with disabilities can also be approached by the Pediatric Dentist in a way to ensure satisfactory collaboration and limit the need for use of suppression or general anesthesia.
According to the Hellenic Pediatric Society, the child’s first visit to the Pediatric Dentist should be done after the first tooth, not later than his first birthday. It is important to be done at this age, because the problems of the mouth, and especially the caries, are likely to occur from infancy and infancy. Moreover, it is necessary to establish good habits early and to avoid bad habits in order to ensure effective prevention of the diseases of the mouth. In practice, the first contact of the child with the Pediatric Dentist is usually at the age of 3 years, when the annual prophylactic control including fluoridation starts.
The first visit is mainly about informing parents about issues related to:
The physique, the sunrise and the importance of neonillary and permanent teeth
Problems that can be caused to teeth by poor nutrition
Prevention of caries and gingivitis
Oral habits such as finger nursing, pacifiers, as well as how and when they should be interrupted
First aid in case of teeth injury
The first visit of the child to the clinic should be a pleasant experience that will follow for the rest of his life.
Neonatal teeth are just as important as permanent and their neglect under the guise of their change is wrong. It has been scientifically proven that a healthy child’s mouth is the basis for the healthy mouth of the adult. Early teeth are essential both for chewing food and for speech. They also retain the space for permanent teeth to succeed, help maintain the shape of the face and shape a beautiful smile.
Carved teeth create a contaminated environment in the mouth, which can have a negative effect on the health of permanent teeth. They can also affect the general health of the child when inflammations and abscesses are created that can lead the child even to the hospital.
In conclusion, we would say that the parent should be informed by a pediatric dentist after the first tooth and that the doctor should see the child in that period or when the sunrise of all the teeth is complete. Preventing and creating a relationship of trust with Pediatric Dentist is of utmost importance.