What is paediatric dentistry?
Also called paedodontics, paediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry that is dedicated to monitoring children’s oral health, from birth to the end of their adolescent years.
Just as you closely follow the physical and intellectual development of your child, the same should apply to their oral health – this can be achieved by following expert advice given by your dentist.
The paediatric dentist is aware that a child will usually be nervous and apprehensive when they come for a dental visit, and makes every effort to build trust between them and their young patient – whatever dental treatment they are about to carry out. A lot is at stake, as a stressed and frightened child will grow up into an adult whose fear of visits to the dentist could last for the rest of their life.
Some of the dental treatments offered at Dr Cantillo’s clinic that are specifically for children are:
– recall examinations;
– preventive cleaning, fluoride application at the surgery or at home;
– preventive advice: brushing techniques, eating habits, etc.
– treatment of decay;
– dental alignment treatment;
– monitoring the growth of adult teeth;
Arrange an appointment with our team – it’s never too late to pass good dental care habits on to your child!
A baby can develop tooth decay at a very early stage: from falling asleep either with their feeding bottle in their mouth (containing a sweetened drink), or immediately after breastfeeding from their mother. This type of decay occurs up to four months of age. It can be avoided by checking your child's teeth every month for any stains or teeth that appear darker than others. If you notice any of the above, arrange an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible - decay must be treated quickly before it develops into infection and toothache. Just like you, we also have children and know how much parents worry about their children's health! Our team will make every effort to ensure that your child's experience of visiting the dentist is a positive one. Our aim is to help your child grow into an adult who visits the dentist regularly, and who is not afraid of doing so!
1/ Before the first visit Get your child ready by playing games - for example, ask them to count their teeth, or to count yours. Explain to them that the dentist will probably take pictures of their teeth with a special camera. It's important to treat this visit as an everyday occurrence, and to try to avoid transmitting any nervousness you may feel to your child - who is likely to notice if you appear nervous. If parents have a positive attitude, this will be transmitted to the child and gain their trust. 2/ During the visit Depending on a child's age and temperament, the dentist may ask the parents to remain close by, so they can hold the child if necessary. Take careful note of the dentist's advice and arrange another appointment in six months' time, as many dental problems are more easily dealt with if detected early. 3/ After the visit Encourage your child to form good dental hygiene habits, and keep them up. Make sure that they brush their teeth at least twice a day, using a non-fluoride toothpaste until they know how to spit out correctly. Teach them to use dental floss once a day, and make sure that they eat healthily, avoiding too much sweet food.
We recommend that you visit a dentist as soon as your baby's first milk tooth appears. The purpose of this first visit is to get your baby used to regular visits to the dentist as early as possible. Your baby will then carry an appreciation of the value and usefulness of looking after their teeth through childhood and into adulthood. Baby teeth are vitally important to a child's oral health.
- They occupy the space that will be taken up by adult teeth. Losing them too early could result in there not being enough space for adult teeth to grow properly, and the child may have to wear a "spacer" to ensure that the new teeth will grow in the correct place and not become crowded.
- Decayed milk teeth can cause infection, threatening the development of adult teeth.
- Baby teeth represent a first stage, where your child can start forming good dental hygiene habits from an early age.
Dr Cantillo’s clinic was recommended to me by someone who’d just had a dental implant operation there. I was impressed by the quality of the results I saw, and after paying a visit to the clinic, I chose Dr Cantillo to carry out my own implants. The results exceeded my expectations, both in quality of care and state-of-the-art medical equipment. On each visit, I received a warm welcome from all the members of staff.
I just want to say thank you to all Dr Cantillo’s team – I’m normally terrified of going to the dentist, but with you I felt secure and relaxed through the whole procedure and I now have a smile that gives me new confidence!