We advise you to bring your child for a first visit to the dentist between 2 and 3 years old. However, if you find that there is a problem with the teeth or gums before that age, make an appointment with the dentist as soon as possible.
Prepare your child for his first visit to the dentist by explaining what will happen and teaching him the importance of taking care of his teeth. Stimulate your enthusiasm and curiosity and do not let your own fears emerge.
It is important to take care of the temporary teeth for several reasons. First, they are there to keep enough space for the final teeth that will replace them and protect them from possible damage. Secondly, by taking care of the deciduous teeth, you prevent your child from getting infections and oral pain that can become serious and spread more widely. Thirdly, they are also used to chew and therefore to digest well, while playing an important role in pronunciation.
The deciduous teeth normally fall between the ages of 6 and 12. Cavities are usually found on the molars that fall when the child is between 10 and 12 years old. Without care, there is a real risk of infection and abscess that can disrupt the development of the underlying tooth and affect the overall health of your child.
If the tooth is an incisor located on the lower arch or a molar make an appointment with the dentist in a month. In the meantime, try to move the temporary tooth to make it fall. If despite this, the tooth didn’t fall, we will remove it at the appointment.
If the tooth is an incisor located on the upper arch, make an appointment quickly so that we remove the temporary tooth to prevent any crossbite.
Do not panic! When you see crooked, overlapping or twisted teeth in your child’s mouth, there is usually only one thing to do: wait. At the next visit check with your dentist, he will tell you if it is necessary to start an orthodontic treatment.
Fluoride plays an important role in your child’s dental health. It strengthens the enamel of his teeth and thus limits the appearance of cavities. But beware, fluoride should be consumed in moderation and at different dose depending on the age of your child. Fluoride is found in toothpastes, in mouthwashes, in water or in a tablet form.
Your child has no particular dental problem :
0-2 years : 500 ppm of fluoride 2 times a day.*
2-6 years : 500 to 1000 ppm of fluoride 2 times a day.*
6 years and + : 1500 ppm of fluoride 2 times a day.*
* European recommendations to be found on souriez.be
Your child has a fragile enamel and sensitive teeth :
Depending on your dentist’s recommendations, you can plan :