Paediatric dentistry

ODONTOPEDIATRIA

Dental paediatrics is a branch of dentistry in charge of providing dental treatment to children aged 0 through 6, caring for their temporary teeth, and aged 6 to 12, when the mixed dentition stage ends, giving way to the definitive dentition.

Paediatric dentists specialise in detecting early signs of anomalous maxillary placement and refer patients to orthodontists and maxillofacial surgeons in order to prevent or slow growth in these bones. Furthermore, they also detect and correct bad habits, carry out restorative treatments of dental cavities, apply sealant treatments to prevent future pathologies and inform patients on oral hygiene procedures required for the oral cavity to grow healthily.

When should you start taking your child to the dentist’s?
You should normally do so when the first deciduous tooth erupts, at the age of 6 months. From this moment onwards, you should keep track of your child’s dental eruption and hygiene, and bring him or her to the specialist for routine check-ups. Children should have all of their temporary teeth at the age of 2 or 3, and their first definitive molars begin to erupt at the age of 6. This would be a good moment to take your child for a dental check-up, in case it is necessary to modify molar growth or to make room for other definitive teeth while there still is time to do so.