Research Paper On Pediatric Dentistry

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Pediatric Dentistry is the practice of dentistry from the moment of a child’s birth through to adolescence. In short, pediatric dentists work in promoting the dental health of children as well providing their parents with the educational knowledge in sustaining their children’s oral hygiene. Normally it is advised that a visit with a dental professional should occur within the first six months of the first tooth eruption or by the time of the child’s first birthday, with latter visits taking place every six months. Pediatric Dentists, when performing oral examinations look for abnormalities such as caries in both mother and child. A recent study showed Xylitol gum, which is a sugar alcohol widely known to be used in dental health (as it is said to be non-cariogenic in comparison to Sucrose) in helping the reduction of caries to a third as well as being beneficial for remineralization, can be used by mothers to prevent the spread of bacterial infections such as MS (Mutans Streptococci) and the formation of caries in neonatal teeth. Caries, also known as tooth decay or…show more content…
Implementing certain substances to incipient dental decay, such as Fluoride, we can can help prevent further progress of decay. Fluoride Varnish is a great example of such a substance, applying this to a child’s teeth can prevent cavities and it can also be applied to already existing cavities, it will help in halting further growth of the cavity. Brushing teeth at regular times can drastically decrease the formation of caries. Fluoride toothpastes, can be used from the moment of the eruption of the first tooth. There are certain recommendations in place of the required Fluoride concentration for the child: 6-months – 2 yo = 500 ppm F 2 – 6 yo = 1000 ppm F > 6 yo = 1450 ppm F In order to prevent a child from swallowing the toothpaste, it is recommended that cleaning with a cotton swab should follow
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