The condition of the primary teeth is crucial for the conditions under which permanent teeth will erupt. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment of tooth decay in children’s teeth are necessary. Preserving primary teeth is important to maintain space for permanent teeth. They should be treated in a timely manner, as once inflammation occurs in the roots of a primary tooth, it can create a predisposition for damage to the underlying permanent tooth, which may require extraction of the primary tooth.
Educating children about the importance of dental health is essential for their long-term oral health. Regular dental check-ups should also become a routine part of their overall health. The more frequently children visit the dentist without undergoing extensive treatment procedures, but only for routine check-ups, the more positive their attitude towards dental visits will be. Parents can also lead by example and ensure they schedule and attend their own dental check-ups. Finally, parents can encourage children to ask questions and express any fears or concerns they may have about going to the dentist, so that they feel more comfortable and motivated to take care of their teeth.
The replacement of primary teeth with permanent teeth occurs between the ages of 6 and 14-15. Once the permanent teeth erupt, they are treated similarly to adult teeth. Permanent teeth erupt during a period when proper oral hygiene habits are not yet well established, and there is usually an excess of gum tissue around them. This further complicates cleaning. Therefore, parental and dental professional supervision is necessary until the age of 10-12.
At NORDENTA, we allocate time and attention to ensure that the child feels secure in the dental office environment. This way, the treatment proceeds smoothly, and the young patient leaves with a smile.