Pediatric Dentistry: Orthodontics and Interceptive Therapy

Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry focuses on the oral health of children.
The most important aspect is to build a positive relationship between child and care provider, based on trust and confidence that will last a lifetime.
At the age of about three years, when primary teeth should be complete, we recommend a dental examination to check the hygiene, verify early stages of tooth decay and explain a program of preventive home care (brushing, diet and fluorides).
Subsequently, the young patients should be checked annually, to assess that there are no cavities and that the teeth are clean. Even their teeth, although will fall, can decay and even meet abscesses.
It is very important that primary teeth are kept in place until they are lost naturally, because they maintain good nutrition, are involved in speech development and help the permanent teeth by saving space for them.

Useful Tips

  • Avoid taking frequently sweets (candy, but also savory snacks) and especially soft drinks or sweetened teas that can “abrade” teeth

  • Do not brush your teeth immediately after taking these acidic drinks, which make the surface more “attacked” by the direct action of the bristles of the toothbrush; rinse them with water and brush after at least 20 minutes

  • Never give often bottle with chamomile or other herbal teas (eg. Fennel) sweetened before going to bed without rinse, because during sleep the saliva production is reduced and sugar is deposited more easily on the teeth increasing the risk of caries

  • The grinding and clenching of teeth, called bruxism, in children is a physiological fact due to an incorrect mating between the upper teeth with the inferior ones. Normally, bruxism doesn’t cause particular problems to your baby and should run out with the growth.