Generally, the first permanent tooth in children is the first molar that erupts at the age of 6 years. 6 years old is an age when children cannot provide oral hygiene very well, however, the first permanent teeth that children will use for life are in the mouth.
So what to do in this case so that the child does not rot the first molar tooth?
The answer to this is that children should acquire the habit of brushing teeth and stay away from caries-forming foods, as we mentioned before. In addition, preventive treatments are applied by the dentist to prevent the permanent teeth of children from decaying. Topical fluoride application strengthens the child’s permanent teeth and makes the permanent teeth more resistant to caries. Fissure sealants, on the other hand, cover the recesses and protrusions on the large and small molars, and prevent caries-forming substances such as sugar, chocolate, etc. to adhere to the surface of the tooth. and prevents tooth decay by entering through those recesses, and also contributes to the decay of other parts of the tooth thanks to the fluoride contained in it.
The Importance of Baby Teeth in Children
Since milk teeth are temporary, parents usually don’t care much, saying that these teeth will change anyway. Therefore, such a thought causes the neglect and decay of the cleaning of milk teeth.
When milk teeth are neglected and cannot be saved with a filling, they must be extracted. Early milk tooth loss is one of the most important factors in the crookedness of children’s permanent teeth. As a result of early milk tooth loss, the teeth in the mouth slide into the gap and there is no place for permanent teeth to erupt. Oral hygiene in children should start from the moment the child’s first teeth erupt. The thing to do when the child is still a baby is to cover the baby’s teeth with a clean piece of cloth after each breastfeeding or feeding. A toothbrush should be used when the child’s age is a little older (2 years).