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Pedodontics or pediatric dentistry specializes in preserving the health of deciduous and permanent teeth, and treatment of dental diseases seen in children aging from 0 to 14.

All the required dental treatments are applied to children by pedodontists. Excellent dental health of children can be accomplished by regular dental follow-ups in every 6 months. Every potential dental problem can be detected during these follow-ups. Early diagnosis and treatment are of great importance since they play a positive role in both the physical and emotional development of the infant patient.

Examination begins with communicating both with the child and the parents. After introduction, medical and dental history is taken and it is followed by a clinical and radiographic examination. Once these are completed, the infant patient and the parents are informed about diagnosis and treatment planning. Pedodontists use many methods to preserve permanent and deciduous teeth from foremost dental problems such as caries and periodontal diseases.

Education of the oral hygiene concept, acquirement of tooth brushing habits and brushing techniques, systemic or topical fluoride applications and fissure sealing can be counted among these methods.

Fluoride applications

Fluoride treatment is recognized as the most efficient treatment method in preventive dentistry. Fluoride can be used for treating sensitivity, tooth erosions and it can be applied to healthy individuals, patients with high caries risk, and also to patients with systemic diseases who need special care. Regularity and the amount of fluoride applications are determined depending on the patient age and dental caries risk.

Fissure Sealing

Anatomical fissures and bulges existing on occlusal surfaces of molar teeth create areas in which food can accumulate easily.

Dental caries initiate from these areas that are difficult to clean. With fissure sealants, these deep fissures are changed into shallow areas where food accumulation is less, thus these surfaces can be easily brushed. Subsequent to clinical applications of fissure sealing, it is known that caries formation is reduced by 70 to 80%.