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Almost 90% of childhood caries do not receive the necessary treatment

They emphasize that it is necessary to detect possible abnormalities in the oral health of the little ones.

The early stages of life are key to preventing possible future diseases related to oral health. Despite this, the General Council of Dentists echoes that in Spain, 31% of children under 6 years old have cavities. That is, seven million baby teeth are affected. In addition, between 80 and 90% of these cases have not received the necessary treatment. Therefore, the school organization points out the need for parents to take their children to the dentist with the beginning of the school year.

 

Dr. Óscar Castro, president of the General Council of Dentists, explains that “we must banish the idea that tooth decay should not be treated because they are going to fall. They must be treated because they can cause infections, cause tooth loss and create subsequent problems, affecting the final teeth.

 

In the review, the dentist will decide if it is appropriate to apply resin sealants in the fissures of some molars. These sealants turn the fissure into a smooth surface, which facilitates cleaning and prevents the appearance of 70-80% of caries. In addition, in the event that a child presents an increased risk of tooth decay, the dentist can apply a fluoride varnish to protect the teeth.

 

Good habits

Dentists remember the importance of instilling optimal hygiene habits for children with at least two brushes a day with fluoride paste, one in the morning and one before bedtime.

 

Likewise, children must follow a healthy and balanced diet, limiting the consumption of sugary products. Water and milk are the healthiest drinks for teeth. Packaged juices or soft drinks should be consumed in exceptional cases, because even if they are labeled "low sugar" or "no added sugar", it does not mean that they do not contain it. «Eating a healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and fish, will not only help children to have a healthy mouth, it will also positively influence their overall health


Dr. Armellini received her dental degree from the Central University of Venezuela. She received an MBA from the University of Michigan and embarked on a clinical fellowship in Implantology Prosthodontics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

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