A common children‘s disease is tooth decay or caries. That‘s why we recommend at the firs sign of primary teeth to acquaint your child in an understandable fashion with proper oral care or lack thereof – pain and eventual tooth loss. However, dental professionals at „Angitia“ strive to preserve children‘s secondary teeth at all costs by properly treating them.
Treating dental caries in children
Children‘s tooth decay is the plague upon children‘s teeth in the 21 century. Therefore we strongly advise parents to diligently cater to their children‘s oral care needs for the sake of their own health; we also recommend to check in at our clinic and come for a dental appointment where one of our dental professionals will advise how to properly take care of children‘s teeth.
It is best to come for a dental appointment while the teeth are still intact and there are no changes in coloration – any stains, spots or specks of changed colour since these might be the first signs of caries. Otherwise, tooth decay might spread and affect multiple teeth. It is always easier to prevent caries than to treat it.
We advice to make your child accustomed to dental appointments gradually, i.e. come for a primary dental checkup just to meet and talk to the dentist rather than come only when your child suddenly suffers from toothache.
Once the dentist has developed a relationship of trust with your child, your offspring won‘t feel any fear or discomfort during the checkup.
Damaged or healthy teeth both serve like a mirror to our body‘s general health, be it healthy or ill.
The human body is an indivisible whole; if one organ is out joint, other body systems get affected as part of a chain reaction. The entire body feels the consequences of ill health, especially that of a child.
- If teeth are heavily affected by caries, a child can‘t properly chew his food; it‘s only a question of time when he starts experiencing digestive disorders
- A tooth infection can spread into the whole body, especially to the most sensitive and vulnerable body systems. We should remember at all times that a child‘s body is much more vulnerable than that of an adult
- The longer it takes you to see the dentist, the more complex the treatment will be and your child will experience more discomfort in the process
- Long-term treatment will be expensive, however, always remember that your child‘s health is of greatest value and importance
Prevention of tooth decay in children
It is very important to apply in practice the advice that your dentist gives during visits and appointments with your child; oral care skills should be developed in early childhood in order to avoid any issues in the future.
- properly brush teeth with toothbrush and floss;
- rinse mouth after every meal; explain the following facts about nutrition
- vegetables and fruit are beneficial to the teeth
- sugary drinks, crisps and candy are bad for the teeth
- Teach you child how to protect his teeth from unnecessary trauma, i.e. chewing on items that are very hard or solid. Children should not be encouraged to think that secondary teeth are everlasting and durable beyond limits.
It should be emphasized that erupting secondary teeth in children are less resistant to the exposure of acids and alkalis, therefore they are more susceptive to the effects of tooth decay.