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Question: At what age should the first dentist visit be?
Reply: It is necessary to visit the first dentist on the first birthday or the first tooth. Keep in mind that early diagnosis is the most important step in preventing future problems. Families, pediatricians and dentists have different opinions about the age at which the first dentist visit should be made. Many dentists tell families that they should bring their children to the dentist when all the milk teeth are seen in the mouth (about 2-3 years old). Some dentists even think that they should wait until the age of 6. However, waiting for such a long time may cause more serious oral-dental problems in children.
AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry); stated that the first dentist (Pedodontist) should be examined in the first 6-9 months or before the first birthday of the child. In this first examination, families are made aware of the oral and dental care of the baby and problems that can be detected in the early period are evaluated. In the first examination, the baby is usually placed on the mother's knees and an oral examination is performed. In this session, the child's eating habits, dental development and the risk of caries are determined in this session and the time of the next visit to the dentist is determined according to the child's current condition. The pedodontist also keeps records of the child by assessing whether the baby's oral and dental development is normal. It is also decided during this first visit whether your baby needs Fluor. The habits of the baby such as finger sucking, pacifier, bottle use are also evaluated in this session and families are informed about changing habits.
Question: Why so early? What kind of dental problem does my baby have at this age?
Reply: The most important reason for bringing your child to a pedodontist or dentist at an early age is the reason that preventive dentistry practices will continue throughout his life. Dental problems start early. The most common problem; It is a very rapidly progressive and destructive tooth decay called “Early Childhood Caries” (Bottle Caries). Your child may be at risk for this form of bruise, especially if he or she is eating a bottle or eating irregular meals. The sooner the first visit, the easier it will be to avoid dental problems. Remember that your children with healthy teeth can chew food well, remove letters properly and laugh with confidence.
Question: How can I protect my child from iber Baby Bottle Caries??
Reply: After your child turns one year old, raise the child to drink from the glass, not the bottle. Particularly during sleep, the child's sleep with a bottle causes the milk / fruit juice to puddle on the teeth and also decay because the teeth cannot be washed because the saliva flow almost stops during sleep. During sleep, it is very dangerous for children to put milk or fruit juice in a bottle. If you are going to sleep with a bottle, it should only be water.
Question: When should bottle feeding be discontinued?
Reply: After your child is 12-14 months old, you should gradually stop feeding.
Question: Is my child sucking fingers, is this dangerous?
Reply: It is normal for babies to suck fingers until the age of 2. If this habit is still maintained even at the age of 4 years, there may be future problems with perplexity (orthodontic problems) in the jawbone and permanent teeth. Your pedodontist will advise you on what to do to stop this habit.
Question: At what age do I need to start brushing my baby's teeth?
Reply: The sooner it starts, the better. It is best to clean your baby's mouth and gums from birth with a clean cloth or toothbrushes specially designed for babies. This is both necessary for oral hygiene and will help to overcome the problems while removing the milk teeth.
Question: Can you give information about the time of the teeth to come out?
Reply: The eruption times of the milk teeth are different in each child. Generally, the first milk tooth starts with the continuation of the lower anterior incisor within 6-9 months and ends with the continuation of the molar teeth between the ages of 2.5-3. Redness and swelling of the gums during this period is very natural. Your baby may have a fever, saliva flow may increase, and may become restless. In order to overcome these problems comfortably, teeth gums used in the itching, wiping gums with a cold spoon or a cold and wet cloth will comfort your child.