Periodontics / Pediatric Dentistry
All dentists know very well that the words to be used during the first examination will relax the children or put them in a panic. And after all, how many kids you know like it when they hear the words “syringe” or “injection” sitting in the dentist chair. Fear of the unknown is an important reason why children are uneasy and even afraid during a visit to the dentist.
To have a positive experience at the dentist, it is important to be sensitive in your conversations about your dentist visit. The aim is not to mislead the children, but simply to avoid developing a negative attitude towards dentistry.
It is a good idea to share any positive experiences you may have had before with your dentist with your children. Remember, dentistry has made incredible progress; thanks to the new technologies and techniques, dental treatments are applied today without any pain. Use words that do not recall negative reactions. For example;
Sleeping drink instead of injection or syringe.
Buzz instead of drilling.
Cleaning the tooth instead of drilling the tooth.
Magic air instead of gas or nitric oxide
Counting your teeth instead of examining.
Picking up the teeth by moving instead of pulling out teeth.
Tickling the teeth instead of cleaning teeth.
Preparation Before the Visit
How should you prepare your children for a dentist visit? What should you tell them?
“Simply say “We’re going to the dentist”.
When you are going to the zoo you don’t say “We’re going to a zoo where tigers are very sharp teeth!” Simply you say, ‘we’re going to the zoo!’ The aim is to avoid interpreting the dentist visit as something to be feared.
As it is said, when parents tell their children about “syringes” or “drilling.” problems occur. And often the concept of pain occurs the child’s mind, when his/her family say “Don’t worry, it won’t hurt!”
Families can give to the child inaccurate and misleading information, and children worry needlessly. It is very easy for pure minded families to pass on their experiences of anxiety to their children. Of course they don’t want to do that. This happens spontaneously. Children also get it very quickly.
The purpose is to help the child create positive ideas about dentistry that will make it easier for them to have excellent oral health and will remain in their mind throughout his life.
CAN I ACCOMPANY MY CHILD DURING DENTAL TREATMENT?
You can accompany your child during oral and dental examination. The child, who has provided a sense of trust to the dentist during the treatment, can have dental treatment without a parent.
But if your child does not want to leave you, stay as a silent visitor so your doctor can have sufficient control over your child.
If more than one observer, more than one person interferes with the child, a complex environment will emerge and the dentist will have difficulty in creating a safe environment, and if your child can make you do whatever he wants, he will use this environment very well.
What Should I Tell My Child Before The First Dentist Visit?
When visiting the dentist, your child should know that this is a safe place. Here, they will not be intervened against their will. “These treatments will be in their best interest.” Your child must know this. Children under the age of 5 believe in fairytale stories. You can tell them stories about this. You can tell to your child that the dentist is going to chase germs, his teeth will be slightly tickled at that time and then the dentist make a magical filling that will make them very strong.
The first visit should be informed, as we mentioned earlier. Your doctor should examine your children at the specifically arranged time period. In the first examination, the examination is made with the help of a mirror and a sond. You can explain these tools to your children beforehand. Dentist will count their teeth with a small mirror. The sond is a sharp ended tool. Children are afraid that the doctor will prick that tool in their mouth. Tell them that this will never happen, then let your doctor do their examination.
A Step Forward
Nutrition is a very important issue. In an environment full of sweets and chocolates, it’s impossible to keep your child away from these foods. There are tooth-friendly foods. Your dentist or his assistant can inform you about this.
Does My Child Need Fluoride?
Fluoride is used against tooth decay. Fluoride is naturally present in drinking water.
In drinking water
In tablet form
It is available in gel form at the dentist.
Fluoride Application in Dentist
Fluoride in gel or foam form is applied to your child by the dentist.
Why Are Milk Teeth Important?
Milk teeth are necessary and important as well as permanent teeth. They need to be taken care of as well. In addition to helping chewing and digestion, they also guide the permanent teeth to replace them. Chewing function is essential for facial development. Milk teeth are of great importance for the proper growth of bones and muscles and for the complete speech development.
Warning to Adults!!!