The specialist who will perform this treatment
Dra. Rita Mantecón
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
It is the branch of Dentistry that is responsible for treating any type of oral pathology in children. It is necessary that a specialist treat your child since children require a different treatment and way of working than adults. A dental cabinet prepared for them is required, which is adapted with children’s decorative elements, so that they feel more relaxed and calm. It is very important that the dentist manages the child’s behavior well, knowing how to explain to him in a comprehensive way, all the treatment that is going to be carried out so that the child understands and understands everything. For this, it is highly recommended that you be treated by a pediatric dentist who is exclusively dedicated to treating children. The main treatments we carry out are:
- Fluoridations and dental cleanings
- Fillings in “milk teeth”
- Space maintainer
- Sealing fissure pits
If you have any questions about this treatment write to us or ask for an appointment without obligation. We will wait for you!
What is a fluoridation?
Fluoride is a natural mineral present in nature such as in rivers, lakes, wells and even oceans that helps prevent tooth decay as it makes tooth enamel stronger and more resistant..
When we brush our teeth with fluoride paste, we are topically administering the fluoride to the teeth. Also through drinks, food or supplements, we can obtain fluoride systemically.
What are the ways to help teeth through fluoride?
- Across the water
- Fluoridated toothpastes or fluoride mouthwashes
- With fluoride supplements
- By applying fluoridation
Fluoridation consists of applying a layer of fluoride gel to the teeth through a plastic mold (tray) for approximately 60 seconds.
It is a simple, painless and not annoying procedure.
It is recommended in the following cases:
- In children who have 3 or more active cavities in baby teeth or 1 in a permanent tooth.
- With malformations of the mouth.
- With fixed orthodontics (brackets).
- In children with mental or physical deficiencies, which hinder their proper hygiene.
- In children with special risk if they suffer from cavities such as heart patients, or with immunity problems or hemophilia, for example.
Are baby teeth filled?
Yes, it is very important to take care of them and keep them in the mouth. Not only for the health of your child but because they will maintain the space so that the permanent teeth can come out correctly in the space that corresponds to them.
Baby teeth begin to erupt around 6 months.
At 6 years of age the child begins to make the replacement and generally at 12 years is when the fall of the last temporary pieces occurs, although each child has a different rhythm.
During all these years, baby teeth must remain in good condition because they are vital for the child to be able to chew and swallow well, speak correctly and have a beautiful smile, which will boost their self-esteem.
Not only that, they keep the space for when the permanent teeth that are under the gum appear.
What is a space maintainer?
The space maintainer is used when the child prematurely loses a baby tooth.
Thus it allows to maintain the space that the definitive tooth needs to be able to erupt correctly.
Not using it may imply that the permanent teeth have no place to be placed and the child ends up with a dental malposition. That is why it is very important for your child to have regular check-ups, to be able to treat baby teeth before he loses them and we have to resort to one of these devices.
What is a pit and fissure seal?
Dental sealant is a thin layer of plastic that is applied to the top of the teeth (usually molars and premolars) in a way that protects the teeth from bacteria that cause cavities.
It is inserted into the grooves and fissures of the teeth to prevent food and bacteria from being retained.
It is applied in the consultation and neither hurts, nor is it annoying. Its color is light or white so that it is not appreciated.
They usually last several years until they need to be redone..
Placing a sealant does not mean forgetting about dental hygiene, you should go to check-ups every 6 months to see the state of the sealant, if the occlusion is good, if there are cavities in other teeth, etc.
The cases in which it is indicated are:
- Molars or premolars that have just erupted (erupted).
- Patients with poor oral hygiene.
- Patient with a diet high in carbohydrates and sugars.
- Patients with poor dental position (if the teeth are crowded, the hiding places are greater since, in addition, cleaning in that area is quite difficult).
- Patients with physical and / or mental disabilities.