According to our internal statistics, more than 90% of patients cannot brush their teeth. Therefore, adults, more often than not, cannot teach their children to brush their teeth correctly.
But for a child to do this qualitatively is even more important than for an adult – the likelihood of developing caries with poor hygiene in milk teeth is close to 100%. And the health of the permanent depends on the health of the first teeth.
Therefore, it is so important that parents pay close attention to caring for their child’s teeth – not only at home, but also in the office, professional.
Ask if children do dental occupational hygiene, i.e. professional teeth cleaning? Sure! The routine children’s occupational hygiene procedure is the main method of preventing caries in children and gum disease.
Do children get tartar?
No less than adults. With insufficient hygiene of milk teeth, and she most likely wants the best anyway, soft plaque accumulates, thickens and gradually turns into tartar, which not only begins to mechanically press on the gum, but also becomes a source of bacterial infection. As a result, the gums become inflamed and bleed at the slightest touch.
The child avoids cleaning the area and the problem only gets worse.
In some cases, if the child has gastrointestinal diseases or dysbiosis, the plaque begins to absorb the pigment and becomes black, similar to the plaque of a smoker.
It is impossible to get rid of such a plaque at home.
Memo for parents: how to keep your child’s teeth healthy.
The child should brush his teeth 2 times a day – in the morning and in the evening, with a special children’s brush and toothpaste suitable for his age.
Teach your child to use dental floss to remove food debris between teeth.
To prevent the development of bottle caries, keep snacks, especially sugary ones, to a minimum.
Even if there are no problems, you need to visit a paediatric dentist regularly every six months, starting from the age of one. If necessary, the doctor will prescribe an occupational hygiene procedure for your child; this is also a great way to teach your child not to be afraid of the dentist.
What is the difference between a child’s professional hygiene procedure and an “adult” one?
The enamel of milk teeth, as well as permanent teeth that have just erupted in a removable bite, is very fragile and delicate, therefore, during children’s hygiene, the doctor performs the procedure manually, without using the AirFlow apparatus, as carefully as possible, does not use abrasive powders and pastes.
How is professional oral hygiene for children going?
1. At the beginning of the appointment, the doctor meets the child and establishes contact with him – after all, we will play Mission: Cleanliness.
2. The doctor applies a special solution to the teeth to indicate plaque.
3. With a special circular brush and polishing paste, the doctor completely cleans the teeth from dental deposits. During the procedure, plaque is effectively removed from hard-to-reach places – the gingival groove and cervical area.
4. In some cases, if there is hard plaque, the doctor uses hand instruments or an ultrasonic scaler to remove it.
5. After cleaning, the teeth are covered with a remineralizing varnish containing fluoride, which strengthens children’s tooth enamel and reduces its sensitivity. Such a procedure will help to cope even with caries in the initial stage of the “white spot”.
6. According to the indications, the doctor can offer a procedure for sealing fissures – this is the sealing of the tooth “dimples”, which are very vulnerable to caries, with a special filling material with fluorine.
7. At the end of the procedure, the doctor will teach the child how to properly brush his teeth at home and select the correct brush and paste.
Regular and thorough cleaning of teeth in children is an important point in the prevention of dental caries and its complications. But do not forget about professional hygienic cleaning in order to avoid bad breath in children, yellow plaque and tartar, which cannot be removed on your own. In addition, occupational hygiene helps to diagnose children's caries at the initial stage of its development, which is also important for the health of deciduous and permanent teeth.
How often does a child need to undergo a professional hygiene procedure?
This procedure is recommended for a child every six months starting from 2.5-3 years old. But we should not forget that there are individual characteristics, and, first of all, it is the quality of daily hygiene and the absence of concomitant diseases that provoke increased plaque formation. For one child, it will be enough to carry out hygiene once a year, while for another, once a month it will not be enough.
During orthodontic treatment, if the teeth are crowded, professional hygiene is carried out more often – an individual schedule should be set by your attending physician.
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