Odontología Pediátrica

A lifetime of good oral health begins during infancy, even before the first teeth emerge. Getting children to the dentist early establishes good dental habits for years to come.

The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent cavities that may cause pain and make it difficult to concentrate. Healthy teeth help children to chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile with confidence.

Odontología Pediátrica

La Asociación Dental Americana y la Academia Americana de Pediatría afirman que todos los niños deberían visitar al dentista antes de cumplir un año, o en cuanto aparezca el primer diente. Esta "visita del bebé sano" enseña a los padres y cuidadores cómo cuidar los dientes de sus hijos y ayudarles a no tener caries.

For example, pediatric dentists see many young patients with cavities that come from falling asleep with a bottle of milk or juice. The dentist can tell the parent or caregiver:

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Las principales razones para proteger los dientes del bebé

Protecting baby teeth sets up the best chances for your child to have good dental health in the future. From even before the very first tooth comes through, you should begin cleaning your child’s mouth. Those habits have many benefits, such as:

Por qué son importantes las visitas al dentista de los niños

Tu hijo debe visitar al dentista lo antes posible, para que crezca sintiéndose cómodo con la visita al dentista. Para ello, debe mantener la calma y no utilizar nunca el dentista como amenaza o castigo, ya que esto sólo muestra la visita al dentista como algo negativo. Esto sólo hará que tu hijo deje de querer las revisiones dentales para tener una boca sana.

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Las principales razones para proteger los dientes del bebé

Incluso antes de que a tu bebé le empiecen a salir los dientes, deberías limpiarle las encías para eliminar las bacterias dañinas.

Debes cepillar los dientes de tu hijo dos veces al día con un paño húmedo o un cepillo pequeño de cerdas suaves, desde que le salga el primer diente. También es importante empezar a usar el hilo dental una vez que haya dos dientes que se conecten entre sí.

It is important to clean your child’s teeth until they are about seven years of age, when they can brush their teeth themselves, however you should still supervise them. If your child wants to brush themselves before this age, let them as they will have fun.

Preguntas Frecuentes

The dentist examines the teeth for signs of early decay, monitors orthodontic concerns, tracks jaw and tooth development, and provides a good resource for parents. In addition, the pediatric dentist has several tools at hand to reduce the child’s risk for oral health problems, such as topical fluoride and sealants.

The pediatric dentist will demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques, advise parents on dietary issues, provide strategies for thumb sucking and pacifier cessation, and communicate with the child on his or her level.

When molars emerge (usually between two and three years old), the dentist may coat them with a dental sealant. This sealant covers the hard-to-reach fissures on the molars, sealing out bacteria, food particles, and acid. This may last for many months or many years, depending on the dental habits of the child. A sealant is an important tool in the fight against tooth decay.
Though most parents primarily think of brushing and flossing when they hear the words “dental care,” good preventative care includes many more factors. Examples are diet, general oral hygiene, and sippy cup use.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children start seeing a dentist every six months by their first birthday or once their first tooth emerges.
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to grow in.

It is important to remember that oral health affects more than the health of your teeth. Cavities in baby teeth cause pain and swelling that can be tremendously uncomfortable for your child. Oral infections can enter the blood stream and lead to other serious health problems. Bacteria can quickly ‘jump’ from one part of the mouth to another, thus resulting in infections and cavities in emerging adult teeth.
The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your child’s gums with a soft infant toothbrush or clean washcloth and water. Parents should use a very tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste (too much fluoride can make a baby sick) to brush baby teeth twice daily as soon as they start to grow with a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush.

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