Pedodontics is a Latin word meaning pediatric dentistry. Pedodontists aim to protect the milk teeth and permanent teeth of children aged 0-13 years in a healthy way and to provide treatment in case of any damage.
After the 5-year undergraduate education given in the Faculties of Dentistry, dentists who have received specialization or doctorate training in the Pedodontics Department of the same faculties are given the title of pedodontist or pediatric dentist.
We can list some of the treatments and preventive practices applied by pedodontists as follows:
Baby teeth begin to erupt when your baby is 6-8 months old, and they complete their formation at around 2.5 years of age, that is, at about 30 months. With the development of permanent teeth, the milk teeth, which are 20 in total, lose their roots and fall by shaking or are removed by pulling. Deciduous teeth that change due to permanent teeth that develop between the ages of 6-7 should have completely changed by the age of 12.
You may observe some general and regional changes in your baby during the period when milk teeth begin to erupt. These are loss of appetite, weight loss due to anorexia, diarrhea, increased salivation, restlessness, mild fever, itching and redness of the gums. Although there is no treatment method for these findings, your pedodontist may recommend tooth gel and some anti-itch syrups to provide comfortable nutrition and relieve pain.
The most important task of the milk teeth, which are 20 in total, is to ensure the nutrition of the child. The proper development of speech is also possible with the presence of milk teeth. The milk teeth, which are in the position of temporary teeth, also guide the permanent teeth coming from behind. For this reason, it is important for families to cooperate with a pedodontist from the beginning of tooth eruption in children.
The treatments performed by pedodontists in the pedodontics department are as follows:
These are the treatments applied in the pedodontics department in order to eliminate the risk of dental caries and deterioration of tooth alignment. There are applied in 3 ways
In case of infection in the dental pulp or gums, drug treatment may be recommended by the pedodontist. Antibiotics, pain relievers, and mouthwash may be prescribed.
Although the milk teeth are not permanent, if they cause a caries tissue when they leave the mouth, they should be cleaned and a healthy infrastructure should be prepared.
In the light of all that we have said, we can say that the pedodontics department and pedodontists aim to eliminate possible problems during infancy and childhood and to offer a trouble-free future so that the individual can have a strong oral and dental health in adulthood.
Pedodontists establish good communication with children and their families and ensure that both the child and their parents are conscious about oral and dental health. In order that the child does not have any fear of the dentist, they get used to the dentist's chair by establishing a bond with the child through playgrounds and interesting small activities.
Pedodontists, who act according to child psychology, approach children in a soft way and lay the foundations for children to get used to dental checks and treatments, to be informed about dental care and to have healthy teeth for the future.