Pediatric dentistry, also known as pedodontics, is a specialty that deals with the diseases and treatments of oral health in children.
Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood up to the ages of 14.
Preventive dentistry in pediatric patients includes the regulation and correction of dietary habits that can affect the child's oral health, the training on oral and dental hygiene, applying local fluoride and fissure sealant, and regularly controlling patients.
The main topics of interest in pedodontics can be listed as follows:
Preventive dentistry (oral hygiene education, motivation, flour applications, fissure sealant applications)
Healthy nutrition and oral hygiene trainings
Informing and educating parents about pedodontics and treatments related to pedodontics
Dental treatments of caries in children's primary and permanent teeth
- Treatment of excess dental tissue loss due to caries in children's deciduous and permanent young teeth with crown veneers
- Root canal treatment of caries in children's primary and permanent teeth
- Treatment of traumatized and/or broken teeth caused by falls and/or accidents, which can be encountered frequently in children.
- In cases where it is necessary in children, extraction of primary and permanent young teeth and placeholder treatment techniques to prevent tooth slippage
- Application of protective mouth plates that can be recommended against injuries and / or accidents in children who play sports
- Preventive treatments for gum disease in children
- Treatment of hereditary problems in children
In summary, pedodontic dentistry covers children's oral health starting from birth and extending to the age of 13-14.