Our pediatric dentists, dedicated to the oral health of your children
As soon as they appear, usually around 6 months, children's teeth need to be treated as carefully as adults teeth. In fact, although they are doomed to disappear, milk teeth require specific care to avoid dental complications in the future. Cavities and dental traumas which are very common in toddlers, can damage the germ of the permanent tooth and cause long-term functional problems.
Once the permanent teeth appear, a follow-up with a pediatric dentist is necessary to ensure that the growth of the teeth and tooth alignment is correct. If there are any anomalies, the intervention of an orthodontist for children can correct the misalignment and prevent the appearance of swallowing, chewing, breathing, and even pronunciation problems.
If you are looking for a dentist for your child, book an appointment with one of the practitioners at Turó Park Dental Clinic. Experienced, calm, and patient, they will know how to put your child at ease so that he or she can enjoy the best first experience at the dentist!
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Why choose a children dentist?
Beyond the specificity of children's teeth that require adapted care, choosing a pedodontist is worth it because they will take the time to reassure your child so that he or she has a good experience at the dentist. The fear of the dentist often has its roots in childhood and it is therefore very important that the child's first contact with the dentist goes as smoothly as possible.
Children's dentists are highly educational in placing emphasis on oral hygiene to educate the youngest children about the risk of tooth decay and other oral problems.
When should you take your child to the dentist?
The first visit to the dentist for children
Although it is possible to see a dentist as soon as the first teeth appear, the first visit to the dentist is usually between the ages of 3 and 4, when the child is old enough to follow the dentist's instructions and understand their advice.
This consultation is very important because it allows early detection of cavities but also to put in place gestures and good habits in terms of brushing milk teeth and diet.
At Turó Park Dental and Medical Center you will find a warm familiar atmosphere during your consultation with an English-speaking dentist for children in Barcelona. Everything is put in place to ensure that this first approach takes place in the best possible conditions. During this appointment, the exchange between the dentist and the child is essential. The practitioner, after inquiring about the eating habits of the young patient, gives advice on an adapted brushing technique. Having a dentist who can communicate in your child's language is then very important.
After the first visit, it is recommended to see a pediatric dentist every year, or at least at certain particularly decisive times. The dentists at your clinic, Turó Park Dental and Medical Center in Barcelona are there to remind you of the steps in this essential follow-up :
- At the age of 6
It is around 6 years old that the first permanent molars appear. They are essential for other teeth' stability, but they are often affected by cavities due to their location. A visit to the pedodontist at this age is generally the occasion to seal the interdental grooves to prevent the risk of caries.
- At 9 years old
The mouth of a 9-year-old child is usually made up of a mixture of milk teeth and permanent teeth, sometimes misaligned or loose, which can make daily dental hygiene difficult. A check-up at this time can help to treat or prevent the appearance of cavities on permanent teeth.
- At 12 and 15 years old
Adolescence is a key time in oral hygiene education, especially in terms of eating behaviour (snacking, abusive consumption of sugary drinks, etc.). A visit to the dentist around the age of 12 and then around the age of 15 help to remind about the correct brushing gestures, especially when wearing braces.
- At 18 years old
The third molars, also known as "wisdom teeth", usually appear around 18 years old. During the consultation, the dentist will monitor their evolution and may eventually proceed with their extraction.
Taking good care of your child's teeth: advice from our dentists
It is important to get young children used to brushing their teeth as soon as the first teeth appear, using a small soft-bristle brush or a fingertip toothbrush. This way, brushing will become part of their routine and the first teeth can form in a clean environment.
From the age of one year, you can use a small children's toothbrush and a suitable toothpaste. It is recommended that you help your child when brushing their teeth until the age of 6 years old when he or she will be able to do it on their own.
Remember that the teeth should be brushed vertically, always going from the gums to the tips of the teeth, at least twice a day for two minutes.
Apart from daily brushing, our dentists remind you that certain behaviors should be avoided in order to keep your teeth white and healthy from an early age:
- Never put sugar or honey on the teat or feeding bottle.
- Do not let your child fall asleep with the feeding bottle.
- Limit consumption of sweet foods or beverages, such as candy and soft drinks.
- Regularly check the appearance of your child's teeth and be alert to the appearance of stains near the gums.
- Book an appointment at your clinic Turó Park Dental and Medical Center at least once a year.
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