Free dental treatment for children
By Andalucian dental care plan (PADA), children between 6-15 years, will benefit from free basic dental treatment such as teeth extractions, sealants permanent molars, teeth fillings, cleaning and fluoridation.
- FLUORIDATION: It is the procedure for applying fluoride to teeth to prevent tooth decay. Fluoride enhances enamel resistance to acids that cause cavities.
- SEALANTS: A sealant is a white resin material, which is applied to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas.
If possible, find the tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown, not the root. You can clean your teeth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, nor scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth, if it is in one piece, try to insert it into the gum and have the child hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze. If you can not reinsert the tooth, transport it in a glass with the child’s saliva or milk. If the child is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the mouth next to the cheek.
Go to the clinic urgently. Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Contact the clinic immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment.
Rinse mouth with water and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the clinic.
Parents are often concerned about the nocturnal grinding of teeth. Often, the first indication is the noise created by the child grinding their teeth during sleep. Or, the parent may notice wear (teeth shorter). One theory about the cause involves a psychological component. Stress due to a new environment, divorce, changes at school, etc., can influence a child to grind their teeth.
In most cases the child grinding does not require any treatment, most children outgrow it.
Sucking on fingers, pacifiers or other objects is a natural reflex for babies and toddlers. They can feel safe and happy because thumb sucking is relaxing.
When the finger or pacifier sucking persists beyond the eruption of permanent teeth (six years) it may cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and teeth alignment. It is necessary to eliminate the habit to avoid future problems.