Children Dental Care
February is used by the American Dental Association (American Dental Association, ADA for its acronym in English) to warn people about the importance of oral health.
That’s why this month is known as the National Children’s Dental Health Month (Month National Oral Health of Children) or the abbreviations: ncdhm, which broadcasts messages and materials who have reached millions of people in communities along the country.
The organization believes that developing good habits at an early age and through a program of regular dental visits helps children get a good start in your dental health for life.
It was recalled that the 2012 national campaign of ncdhm joins thousands of dedicated dental profesionaes the country, employees and voluntadios dedicated to health care and promoters of this field in general, to raise awareness for children and adults, students, teachers, parents and communities on the priority of dental health.
It was also announced that this year, this national organization has started its campaign under the slogan or ‘slogan’ of “ROCK YOUR SMILE ‘(Maximize your smile).
For this Month National Children’s Dental Health, The American Dental Association is celebrating its 10th. Anniversary of Give Kids a Smile Program (Program Gives Children a Smile), which provides free dental care and education for children in need.
Indicated in the same sense that about 80 percent of dental caries in the United States is suffered by 25 percent of the nation’s children, according to data provided by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Health)
According to a recent survey published by the American Dental Association, the primary reason for the dental enfermendades population is the high price you have to pay to have a regular and proper dental care, which many can not afford.
Therefore, organizations are cooperating in this national campaign, involving general practitioners, specialists and health professionals in most disciplines, who act as a true interdisciplinary group.
The dental health of children must take care from the moment of birth. Reports the Academy of General Dentistry, habits for dental care should begin to develop when the baby is four months, that is, when it leaves the breast and starts taking porridge and other foods.
From this age when the child is born the first tooth, and during this stage, the type of food you eat can affect your dental health throughout their lives. In fact, it has been determined that there is a correlation between consumption of sweetened beverages during childhood, and later consumption of foods high in sugar.
How to brush children’s teeth
Children should clean their teeth, at least twice a day. Should be taken routinely in the habit of brushing teeth just before bedtime and after breakfast. Parents should teach their children to brush their teeth like a game, especially after two years, when most of the child’s teeth have come out. Under adult supervision, they can begin using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste. Using a small amount of toothpaste.
At first, it should explain to children the need to perform this daily habit and lead by example. This routine should start like a game, teaching the technique manually to understand that it is important to clean your teeth on all sides, because bacteria are very smart can lead to cavities in the teeth if not eliminate them all. Prevent your child feel that dental hygiene is a form of punishment, and tries to be part of another expression of love that it blends with the nightly ritual. This method is much less traumatic than taking a child to the dentist to solve problems that could have been avoided.
Limit consumption of sugar
Excess sugar in childhood can lead to dependence in adults. “The adult nutrition habits are formed at the end of lactation , which is why it is so important that the baby-oriented habits develop good dental health, “says Heidi Hausauer, dentist and spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry. “We know that sugar causes tooth decay throughout life. The sooner the baby gets used to sugar, the more likely that, as an adult, is attracted to food with too much sugar.”
Baby bottle tooth decay
The fruit juices, for example, are high in sugar and should not represent more than ten percent of the baby’s diet. However, a study shows that the average British English children dieting, whose 19 percent is composed of fruit juices. Fruit juices can cause erosion of teeth enamel. For this reason, you should never let the baby fall asleep with a bottle of fruit juice: fresh from the teeth end up bathed in a substance that causes rampant decay in the teeth and can cause the so-called “baby bottle tooth decay”.
Any drink, except water, should be taken continuously throughout the day, or served only with food and never at bedtime. Children who are often given drugs to excess sugar to bedtime also run the risk of cavities. These cavities are not caused by the sugars directly, but by acids produced after eating sugary foods and used by bacteria in the plaque or tartar (white, sticky material that accumulates on teeth). The habit of brushing teeth regularly and efficiently is the best way to prevent cavities in children.
Your child’s smile is one of the greatest gifts for a mother and therefore are important care of your teeth from the moment of birth. It is necessary to ensure good dental care and take the express warranty provides free dental care for children in Chile for six years. Dr. Maria Jose Letelier, advises the Department of Oral Health of the Ministry of Health, explains how to help your little one when they begin to sprout teeth and some recommendations for dental care of children.
Child dental protection programs
Within the so-called GES (Explicit Health Guarantees) of AUGE of Chile, is considered the care of the teeth of the children . From the moment of birth, your little protection has teeth for all types of ambulatory dental emergencies such as pulpitis, abscess or subperiosteal submucosal odontogenic origin, anatomical spaces abscess oral-maxillo-facial, pericoronitis acute oro-pharyngeal phlegmonous odontogenic origin , ulcer-necrotic gingivitis acute post-extraction complications. GES coverage is effective dental care for mothers FONASA affiliates, as for those who have other health provision, as Isapre.
At 6 years of the child , when I get ready to dump their milk teeth to permanent teeth develop, there is the Oral Health Guarantee Comprehensive boys and girls six years old. In this program the dentist performed comprehensive care free that includes education, prevention and recovery of damage to their teeth on stage child . The family must bear in mind that the care of their teeth is a behavior that children learn by imitation, so good oral hygiene in the mother, father and brothers, will affect dental adequate protection of children .
His first teeth
Dental protection your little should combine regular oral hygiene, a balanced and orderly with the use of fluoride toothpastes after two years. The first control dental recommended two years of age, but the life of your child’s teeth began much earlier. According to Dr. Letelier “the teeth of milk begin to form in the third week of pregnancy when the baby is born brings in the thickness of the jawbone, outbreaks of the 20 teeth of milk , and the outlines of what will give rise to permanent teeth. ” On average, the normal development of teeth in the infant stage begins with the outbreak of the milk teeth from six months. According to the specialist, during this time your little one will suffer more inconvenience and uncomfortable, so you should be aware of symptoms such as “increased the amount of saliva, a tendency to bite hard objects, swelling and redness of the gums, including there may be loss of appetite, restlessness and sleep light. “
You can help reduce your discomfort easily. It is advisable to give an object to bite hard consistency. There are special toys for this stage of your child’s teeth, however, if you do not have one solution could be in your show closer, it serves as a piece of seaweed clean and cold. When the baby already has his own teeth, as a mother can transmit bacteria or cavities in your mouth to the child, so it is important to take care of your teeth during pregnancy with special care to brush your teeth after every meal, because as said the doctor, the frequent “cravings” can promote the development of caries .
The right care
The children live in constant risk of cavities in their teeth often irreversible damage because they eat at odd times, higher consumption of sweets and do not yet have the correct handling of the toothbrush. Therefore, it is vital that you take the lead in prevention and protection of your child’s teeth. For Dr. Letelier is important to regular oral hygiene, “at least twice a day, especially at night brushing after the last meal of the day, since the production of saliva decreases at night, unable to protect our teeth as effectively as in the day. ” The recommended duration is three minutes, with gentle movements to ensure the removal of plaque from the teeth and tongue for both children and adults.
The use of fluoride toothpaste will help protect against dental caries little after two years, but must be present and supervise their use so as not to swallow it before. A diet low in sugar, moderate consumption of soft drinks, with at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, six to eight glasses of water and ordered a meal time also facilitates the healthy life of your child’s teeth, so you can ensure the protection dentistry during their childhood . Follow these recommendations for the care of your teeth will let you know that every time your little one gives you a smile you can be proud of your joy and your mouth healthy.
The oral hygiene habits that need to instill in the child since she is newly born.
Even without teeth, it is important that residues of formula or breast milk to be removed to avoid causing infection. On the other hand, get into the habit any longer, so that the child really and truly learn it becomes a habit.
Now, as baby is well and has no teeth, is indicated to clean the gums with a clean wet gauze. When the first tooth, it’s time to start using the toothbrush, which has a head the size of three baby teeth maximum. The bristles should be soft, flexible and rounded.
The areas where the baby still has no teeth should be cleaned with gauze yet. Brushing should be circular movements touching the gums and little teeth, inside and out. Toothpaste is not recommended, because the baby tends to swallow the toothpaste, which promotes the appearance of stains on teeth.
The easiest and safest to wash my baby’s teeth, is placed on a horizontal surface. The bathroom is not the best place, because there are distractions for the child, and also the surface is slippery. Hold your child’s head with one hand, and the other appropriate cleaning.
Many people think that gum disease is a problem that only affects adults. However, studies indicate that gingivitis (the first stage of periodontal disease) is nearly universally in children and adolescents. Advanced forms of periodontal disease are more rare in children than in adults but can occur.
Types of periodontal disease in children
Chronic Gingivitis: it is common in children. Usually causes inflammation of the gingival tissue, which becomes red and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be prevented and treated with a regular routine dental care, brushing, the flossing and professional care. However, if allowed to proceed, it may eventually evolve into forms of periodontal disease more severe. Periodontitis Aggressive can affect the young people who are completely healthy in other respects. Localized aggressive periodontitis in adolescents and young adults and mainly affects the first molars and incisors. It is characterized by severe loss of alveolar bone, but at the same time, patients generally form very little dental plaque or calculus.
Generalized aggressive periodontitis: may begin around puberty and involve the entire mouth. It is characterized by inflammation of the gums and the large accumulation of plaque and calculus. Can eventually lead to tooth mobility and subsequent loss. Read the rest of this entry »
Once your child has teeth, he is susceptible to tooth decay. Breast milk, infant formula, cow’s milk and fruit juice all contain sugar.
Babies can get cavities because they go to bed with a bottle of milk, formula or juice. Although frequent and unrestricted breastfeeding at night can increase the risk of caries, the majority of children who are breastfed are not suffering from tooth decay in young children.
This type of decay can occur up to the age of four. Once your child has teeth, check them monthly. Watch out for spots or a dull white lines that can form on the teeth on the edge of the gums. Be wary also darken teeth. Read the rest of this entry »
Here are some tips I can give to parents who have a vital role in maintaining good oral health of their children.
Eating habits of children.
The sugar food or drink is digested by bacteria in saliva, including Streptococcus mutans.
Digestion of sugars leads to the release of acid that attacks tooth enamel: the beginning of the process carious.
T sugar is present in many foods.
The most harmful is the refined sugar content in chocolates, candies, cakes, cookies etc..
Sugar is also present in all soft drinks, including fruit juices .
The carbonated soft drinks are particularly dangerous for teeth as very sweet and acid, which greatly increases the attack power of the enamel.
The preferred drink for your children is simply water.
Brushing the teeth
All babies are bacteria in the mouth.
We can start cleaning the mouth of a baby with a compress, before it has teeth.
From the first appearance of the tooth (usually the around 6 months) it is necessary, you parents that you brush the teeth. The child will thus become aware of this habit.
It will continue until it is able to do it alone, or around two and a half years, three years.
A check of brushing and a little help if necessary, will be always welcome.
We can consider that a child has the dexterity sufficient from the age of 6 years to make himself a good brushing.
Regular visits to the dentist
Be aware that decayed teeth should be treated even if they should fall one day!
It is recommended to bring her child first visit at age 3 years to play down: the consultation will be a discovery of the place, obtaining an understanding that will leave any soft good memories of the dentist for your child.
The dentist will check the presence or absence of caries, occlusion is to say, the meshing of teeth between them, the state of gums.
It will take stock of brushing, eating habits, a possible prescription of fluoride. Finally it is recommended to bring your child 1-2 times a year visiting the dentist because prevention is better than cure. Dr. Elizabeth Sciberras Champeau.
M’T teeth appointments prevention for children and adolescents
for your children do not have a toothache and know to care every day, health insurance and dentists have created M’T teeth, go to prevent free to do at 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18. Appointments prevention to 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 Because their dental health depends on it, your children should learn as soon as possible good habits (brushing, food, …) and get used to regularly visit a dentist. Problems identified early are easier to treat. You avoid their care and heavier and more expensive. Therefore appointments prevention are in place at an early age they begin to age 6 years and are to be performed every 3 years.
Five key steps
6 years, 9, 12, 15, 18 are the ages most at risk of caries. At each of these ages, it is important to make a dental examination.
> 6 years is the age of first permanent molar, the tooth most exposed to caries.
> 9 years, the teeth and permanent teeth “live”, brushing is more difficult: it is the gateway to cavities!
> 12 years, completes the teeth into place, but the enamel is still fragile.
> 15 years, entry into adolescence: a time when we are often less sensitive to the rules of oral hygiene. Then there is the temptation of tobacco that attacks the teeth enamel and precious. Read the rest of this entry »
Habits in dental care
Did you know that our teeth and gums are subject to an evolutionary process similar to that of the rest of the body? have a period of training, development and maturation, suffer illness, aggression or malformations, and age as the rest of our organs. The oral health is a fundamental part of general health, and that’s important to keep in balance throughout the different stages of life. At every moment and preventive measures requirements are different, always aimed at achieving this stability that allows us to maintain over time a healthy smile, functional and beautiful.
Did you wash and teeth …?
We do not want to know if you’ve done, only if you remember your mother making you this question when you were a kid. From 2 to 12 years and develop patterns of behavior. This is the first stage of life, habits, and everything that is not learned naturally at this stage it is difficult to internalize a posteriori (including, oral care). Read the rest of this entry »
February is National Children’s Dental Health and the American Association of Periodontology month begin educating children and parents about the number one concern of the Surgeon General: preventing dental diseases – including periodontal disease in children.
Many people think that periodontal disease is an adult problem. However, studies indicate that gingivitis (the first stage of periodontal disease) is almost universal in children and adolescents. Advanced forms of periodontal disease are rarer in children than in adults, but can occur.
To ensure healthy teeth as an adult, you must establish good oral habits as a child. Parents can encourage good oral health habits at home. For example, parents may reward children with visits of the mouse or the tooth fairy not only when you drop a tooth, but when the child passes the dental examination.
Types of periodontal diseases in children
Chronic gingivitis is common in children. It usually causes the gums to swell, turn red and bleed easily. Gingivitis can be prevented and also treated following a regular routine of brushing, flossing and professional dental care. However, if left untreated, can progress over time towards a more serious forms of periodontal disease. Read the rest of this entry »