We work with specialised paediatric dentists to progressively adapt children to the dental practice.
In the same way that a paediatrician is in charge of monitoring the health of a baby until they are a teenager, paediatric dentistry is in charge of their oral health and development. It is very important that children are treated by a specialist who knows their needs, so that the experience at the dentist is as pleasant as possible.
The paediatric dentist is also in charge of advising pregnant mothers on the special care they should take of their mouth and that of their future baby. The transmission of bacteria between parents and baby, the importance of breastfeeding as well as the need to brush teeth from the appearance of the first tooth at 6 months are fundamental topics.
At HappyClinica we work with adaptation techniques to progressively accustom children to the dental practice.
Depending on the child, more or less adaptation visits will be necessary until we are able to carry out dental treatment.
There are children for whom treatment can be started from the first visit, beginning with the simplest, as long as there is no urgent intervention of greater importance.
We give priority to prevention, teaching children to become familiar with oral and dental hygiene techniques, so that from an early age they have the habit that will guarantee them good oral health throughout their lives.
Everything always through play and in a language that children can understand.
In some cases, Bach flowers can be used to treat anxiety. It is essential to create a calm and trusting environment for the child. It is important that the accompanying person (family member) takes this into account, as it is easy to unintentionally pass on one’s own fears to the child.
We use biocompatible materials such as bisphenol-A free composites.
In cases of generalised demineralisation or high caries rates, it is necessary to apply fluoride together with minerals. In this case we carry out treatments in a topical and controlled manner.
Monitoring and follow-up
Once the treatment has been completed, the child must attend check-ups scheduled by the paediatric dentist where plaque accumulation is checked, salivary pH is measured, feeding is controlled and oral hygiene instructions are given.
These checks are important to ensure the child’s oral health.
Functional orthopaedics and orthodontics
Paediatric dentistry will also detect problems in the development of the jaws and position of the teeth, which if treated by the orthodontist at an early age, will avoid more complex problems in the future. Function makes form, so if chewing, breathing or swallowing are altered, this will influence bone development. One of our objectives is the early detection and treatment of any functional alteration that may be affecting the correct orthofacial development of the child.
Tips for parents and guardians taking their child to the dentist
- Try not to transmit your own fears to the child, especially if it is the first time they come to the dentist, let the child have their own experience.
- Let the child communicate directly with the dr/dr, do not speak for him/her, let him/her answer questions and interact.
- Avoid saying things like “fear”, “pain”, “prick”, “needle”, “blood”, “trauma”.
- From the second visit onwards, if possible, let the child enter the consultation room alone.
- If the child is to be accompanied to the consultation, only one person should accompany him/her.
- The accompanying person should try to remain seated in his/her chair, to avoid interfering with the treatment and the passage of the assistants. If the dr/dr. needs his/her collaboration, he/she will let him/her know.
- If you have any questions about the treatment, try to answer them at the first consultation, or before or after the treatment, but not during the treatment.
- Brush the teeth before entering the consultation, especially if they have just had a snack, so that the quality of the child’s hygiene can be assessed.
- If we follow these tips, visits to the dentist will be easier for the child and for the Dr. / Dr.