Preventive dentistry for long-term oral health

Preventive dentistry in Belgrade is a very important field of dentistry. In fact, dental care starts from an early embryonic development. A woman has to take care of her general health during the pregnancy to provide normal development of the fetus.

Preventive dentistry in Belgrade- Beginning of the oral health maintenance

Consumption of nutrition-dense food, especially the one rich in calcium, promotes the bone growth of the fetus. After birth, breastfeeding stimulates the growth of a newborn’s jaw, which is very important for later development of verbal communication. When a baby consumes breast milk, its body receives minerals and vitamins necessary for optimal teeth mineralization.

After non-dairy food is introduced, it is important to pay attention to the quality and diversity of food that is given to the infant.

Dental health maintenance involves gum and primary teeth cleaning immediately upon their eruption. First, lower incisors usually erupt in the 6 months of age, but it also depends on individual growth. Milk and porridge debris are removed with gauze, cotton wool, or special thimble made of microfibers or silicon.

Teeth cleaning is performed in the morning and evening by gentle wiping of gums with gauze in the direction of teeth eruption.

In this phase, the baby needs help to overcome the unpleasant and painful eruption of the teeth. On the market, there are special, silicon toothbrushes that massage gums and facilitate teeth eruption.

Preventive dentistry methods for children

A lot of parents do not see the importance of oral health maintenance from the earliest age of an infant. As it is the case with the adoption of other life routines, setting a good example as a parent is the best way for the adoption of teeth cleaning, as well. If the parent cleans teeth adequately and regularly does dental check-ups, the child will follow this attitude.

After teeth eruption, the child should be taken to the first dental check-up. The first check-up is preventive, consultative, and helpful for the dentist in many ways. Parents are provided with advice and instructions for adequate maintenance of their child’s oral health. But what is most important is that the child becomes familiar with the dental office.

It is very common that parents take their children to the first check-up after caries or deformity has occurred. In this way, introduction to the dentist happens to be very unpleasant for a child. Caries treatment is followed by pain which makes a strong, negative impression. There are a number of people who left the dental office with repulsion and fear instilled within them for their entire life.

What can be determined during a preventive dental check-up?

Regular dental check-ups have to be carried out to determine potential deformity of mouth, teeth, or jaws. Early childhood is very convenient to detect different problems that may cause complications in further development. If a dentist determines a specific condition that requires treatment, the child will be referred to the specialist.

One of the common problems in children is the lack of space in the jaws. Crowding occurs when the size of the jaws is too small for all teeth to fit normally within them. This orthodontic abnormality is manifested in crooked, twisted teeth.

Congenital abnormalities such as protruding teeth or malocclusion can also be treated. There are irregularities that impede speech development, and, thus, have to be corrected. Diastema (a gap between teeth) may prevent normal articulation of sibilants- Z, S, C.

In each case, an orthodontist will prescribe the best treatment for irregularity that has been diagnosed. Orthodontic therapy usually involves wearing an orthodontic appliance that corrects teeth position. Deformity correction is performed with fixed and mobile prosthetic appliances.

As in other medical fields, early detection of a problem is crucial for its efficient treatment. The responsibilities of parents do not include only solving existential issues but taking care of the child’s teeth, as well.

Preventive dentistry in Belgrade- How to prevent dental diseases?

Due to the increasing consumption of sweets and irregular teeth cleaning, caries occur more frequently in preschool children. To protect the teeth from damage, some preventive measures have to be taken. With respect to this, what turned to be the most efficient and painless preventive procedure is pit and fissure sealant placement.

Dr. Minić Dental Clinic performs filling of the premolar and molar biting surface with composite materials made by trusted producers. Dental fillings that are placed in cavity preparation include photosensitive composite resins, fluoride-releasing composites, and a glass-ionomer cement. Fissure sealant placement is a common procedure in children, but it can also be used for adults who are at risk of caries expansion.

People that regularly maintain their dental health are recommended to have dental check-ups every six months. Even when the teeth are regularly cleaned, food and drink deposits can be accumulated with time. Bacterial accumulation can cause different infections and dental diseases. Ultrasound cleaning treatment and teeth scaling are effective ways for the removal of accumulated deposits and microorganisms.

Fluoride treatment is recommended from the earliest age because it increases tooth resistance to dental caries. Using fluoride toothpaste allows further mineralization of the teeth. What is performed in the clinic is the application of preparations with high fluoride levels (gels, dilutions, and varnishes). In this way, the advancement of existing caries lesions is stopped.

In Dr. Minić Dental Clinic you will receive appropriate advice for oral health maintenance and improvement. Preventive dentistry is the primary field that our specialists are engaged in and they always look forward to answering every question you may have.

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