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Pedodontics is the department of dentistry that deals with the dental health and dental development of children aged 0 to 15 years. Its scope includes diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Answers to questions such as how to protect children's temporary teeth (also known as milk teeth, deciduous, and baby teeth) and permanent teeth, how to correct dental and gingival anomalies, and how to treat genetic dental problems are the field of study of this main branch.


What is Pedodontics (Pediatric Dentistry)?

Pedodontics is the science that focuses on children's teeth and oral health. Dental care and oral health from birth to adolescence are included in the scope of pedodontics treatment. Dental caries, orthodontic disorders, physical traumas, and hereditary deformities that occur at an early age can be corrected.


The Scope of Pedodontics

Dental health in children is effective in the development of teeth and gums at later ages. In this context, it is obvious that primary teeth are extremely important both for the future life of the individual and for the aesthetic appearance of the mouth and face.

Baby teeth begin to grow at 6 months after the baby's birth. A child with normal intraoral development has 20 milk teeth. By the age of 3, the development of primary teeth is completed. Milk teeth have various structural differences from permanent teeth. Therefore, deciduous teeth have a distinctive position in pedodontics. 

Treatment of dental caries in children, developmental dental traumas, preventive dental applications, and placeholders for children are also within the scope of pediatric dentistry.

  • Protection of milk teeth
  • Early childhood caries treatment
  • Procedures to rehabilitate dental trauma
  • Preventive dentistry applications
  • Tooth placeholders


Protection of Milk Teeth

Milk teeth, which are 20 in total, are generally regarded as "temporary teeth". However, their physical and psychological effects on child development should be taken into consideration. 

Milk teeth meet the needs of children for proper nutrition, smooth and fluent speech, and easy adaptation to future social life. In addition, since they occupy a certain area on the gingiva, they have a placeholder feature for permanent teeth. Thus, they offer a guiding advantage during the eruption of permanent teeth. Pedodontics prevents the occurrence of physical and structural problems in milk teeth. Oral hygiene and dental care are important on their own. As a result of these, Good oral health is achieved and the child acquires the habit of brushing regularly.


Early Childhood Caries Treatment

Tooth decay is a dental disease. Decayed teeth can cause various problems in milk teeth, just as in permanent teeth. In this sense, there are nuances that parents should pay attention to. For example, after infancy, sugar-added foods should not be mixed into a child's fortified milk. Putting honey or sugar in a bottle is one of the most common behaviors. These are the factors that cause tooth decay at a young age.


Procedures to Rehabilitate Dental Trauma

Injuries are one of the problems that children often experience. Treatment procedures for physical traumas may vary according to the type and degree of injury. The age and general health of the child, and the location and severity of the trauma determine the treatment method.


Preventive Dentistry Applications

Preventive dentistry tries to prevent tooth decay in children. It is planned to inform the parents and to give the child correct oral care and chewing habits. Choosing the right toothbrush and brushing techniques are explained to both parents and children. Fissure Sealant application and Fluoride treatments stand out within the scope of preventive dentistry. You can contact us for detailed information.


Tooth Placeholders

The placeholder is one of the pediatric dental applications. When the primary tooth is lost, dental instruments called “appliances” are placed in the tooth cavity. Thus, the location of the permanent teeth that will come from below is protected. The aim is to prevent the adjacent teeth from filling the tooth cavity, to prevent the formation of impacted teeth, and to prevent the permanent tooth from erupting from a different place. If such problems are not treated, orthodontic problems may occur with the years of age. Placing the appliance in the child's mouth is a simple process. It is performed by a pedodontist in a clinical setting.


Why is Pedodontics Important?

Mouth, teeth, and jaw development have the power to influence adulthood. The following are the prominent advantages of pedodontics treatments:

Experiencing dental phobia, that is, fear of the dentist is prevented in advancing ages.

  • Tooth decay is treated.
  • Oral and dental care are learned at a young age.
  • The child develops healthy eating habits.
  • Permanent dental health is guaranteed thanks to protective applications.
  • Both endodontic and restorative applications can be performed, and the child will have an aesthetic smile when he grows up.
  • Teeth, jaw, and gingival development are completed as they should be.
  • Childhood dental traumas are repaired.
  • Children are prevented from acquiring negative habits such as nail biting and object biting.

Children will be happier and healthier with the correct diagnosis, and pedodontics treatment plan, and with maximized oral health. You can choose Osis to get information about pedodontics treatment prices and to be treated by expert dentists. We are at your side with our qualified dental services.

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