For many years, it has been thought that baby teeth are not very important. After that, we'll spend the rest of our lives collecting the mistakes we've made here. Because this is where the foundation is laid. In order to spend a lifetime with a healthy mouth, you need to give importance from baby teeth. What would happen without baby teeth? Our mouth could not perform its basic functions, such as chewing, talking. Apart from that, baby teeth have a guiding role. As long as the baby tooth is there, it serves as a place for the permanent tooth that will come after it. When the time comes, he says goodbye to our mouths and is replaced by a new tooth. When our baby teeth are not here, when this order is broken, the state of permanent teeth coming also deteriorates. So we have to complete the life of these teeth, if possible, without our child suffering from pain, without having bad teeth.
It's important to go by age group... 0-2 age take your group; the age I actually want to see children first is 1 year old. At first it was “what to look for at 1 year old?"although it is thought that when we miss the age of 1, there can be negatives in the child's mouth both in terms of developmental and caries up to the age of 2 - 2 and a half. We don't want that. So we want to move forward by seeing the child at the age of 1 and then talking to the family about what they need. So we put things right from the beginning.Dec. If the family thinks,” how many teeth do they already have, what is needed", then we try to collect the negatives of this situation. What we need to do? For example, to pay as much attention to the child's nutrition as possible, to make sure that he does not get as used to sugary foods as possible. You have to start brushing as soon as the teeth come out. I even suggest wiping the gums with small gauze before the teeth leave. We always want to reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth.
2-5 years it's a deconstructed intersection. At that age, our mouths are veering in one direction. Either we do everything right, and it becomes very easy after that to continue with a healthy mouth, or if we make a mistake, then they have a price. It's an important age not only in terms of caries, but also in terms of jaw development. For example, if the child gets used to eating too soft, this is not a positive situation in terms of jaw development. Children should also get used to eating hard food. It's like a kind of weight training, and as our jaw moves, the bone gets stronger. Another factor is the child's breathing condition. Why are there so many children with orthodontic problems? Why has this number increased so much? Because most children can't breathe properly. Mouth breathing is too much. Children usually have allergic bodies. The environmental factor plays a big role in this. As a result, the position of our language deteriorates. When it breaks down, it can't apply the developer forces we want on the jaw. That's why it's so important that children breathe as much as possible through the nose, not through the mouth. We are children's dentists and what we need to do is protect it before fixing it.
Ages 5-8 and then towards puberty, if we laid the foundation right, we could go very easily, if the child became very bruised, we could treat it and at least try to avoid permanent tooth decay that would come after that. The period when jaw disorders are eliminated.
The average response to this is 6 months. But that's never a rule. There are 1-month-old, 2-month-old teething, even children who come out with a tooth at birth. It can happen so early, there's a boy who has his first tooth removed at 17-18 months, it can happen so late. There are no anomalies in these.
If there is a suspicion of caries, you should definitely consult a dentist. But blackening is sometimes not rotten. Substances such as iron can paint teeth. And there's a bacterium in the saliva of some children. The only feature of this is painting. Blackening varies according to the density of this bacterium and according to brushing. It gets pretty dark when you don't brush at all, and then it goes away slowly when you brush well. It is necessary not to clean the tooth with a corrosive substance such as carbonate, hard toothbrushes. I need to go and get the dentist to clean it.
This is an important issue. Something that can happen to you one day when you're raising a child. A child's tooth can hurt or fall, and the tooth can take a blow. It's good to have a good, bad idea of what we can do about these things. With routine checks, we ensure that toothache does not occur as much as possible. But let's just say it happened, usually the pain comes out after eating. A child has a tooth decay, and with those who go there, there is pain. First, you need to shake the mouth and brush it. If necessary, it is cleaned with dental floss. After that, it is necessary to give the child one of the painkillers that we always use and contact the dentist as soon as possible. Because that means we have something to deal with. Other emergencies are blows to the teeth. There is a period when there are baby teeth until the age of 6-7 and a period when permanent teeth start to come out after the age of 6-7. Both are important. The impact that occurs during the period of baby teeth is slightly behind the permanents as a matter of importance. Because they can tolerate good and bad impacts, and ultimately we have a backup at the bottom. However, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Permanent dental bumps are more urgent. For example, a tooth can come out of place.
In orthodontics, there is not a single correct path. You can go to the right conclusion in various ways. The method we adopt in our clinic is as early as possible; 6, 7, 8. at age, if the jaw is forward or backward, basically correct this condition. Providing correction, starting with the jawbones, not the teeth. In this way, much healthier, non-disruptive results can be achieved. Again, for healthy jaw development, it is important to eat hard foods such as carrots, nuts. Breathing, regular dentist check-ups, all of these are the basics of healthy development as orthodontics.
We have so many patients, 3-4-year-old children and significant bruises on their mouths. One method of treatment for these children is to be done by sleeping. But for us, I think this should be a way to apply only when we have to. A very large proportion of children can be treated by agreement. How does it happen? We can say that this solution consists of several mergers. The environment of the clinic should be a place to give the child peace. Approach to the child is very important. Communicate and talk to them like adults. Children participate very nicely when you approach them with respect for their personal characteristics. Technically, there are differences. For example, there is an anesthetic technique in which the child never knows what to do. As a child dentist, our duty is first of all to educate people who are not afraid. If a patient of mine is afraid of the dentist when he grows up, it is a failure for me, and it should not be. I believe that we have achieved this with today's technology.
Also thank you. Yes there is. Especially during the pandemic period, there may be hesitation in going to the dentist. Please do not disrupt children's routine dental checks during this period, show them to the dentist in case of problems. After that, his return may be more difficult. I wish you good evening.
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