Children and the dentist

Obviously you go twice a year to check the dentist and a logical next step is that your child goes along. In a playful way he can go up and down on your lap in the treatment chair, and maybe look carefully with the mirror ... Of course he gets a reward in the form of a toothbrush or a balloon! As your child gets older and has been with you more often, the visit to the dentist becomes a normal routine.

Most children are not bothered by anything but an ordinary check can be very different if it turns out that your child has holes ... You feel guilty, experience a feeling of failure, are angry, maybe even anxious or sad: How could this happen ?!
Cavities can occur in the milk and permanent teeth. Even though you brush so well and even if you do your best, as a mother you can in some cases not prevent your child from getting holes ...

From milk teeth to permanent teeth

Of the milk teeth especially the electors are of interest because they change much later (between 6 - 12 years) for permanent choosing. If your child has holes in his milk teeth, it is certainly useful to do something about it! In some children the milk teeth are subject to wear and tear: they literally nibble on it. The permanent teeth can already contain a bad tooth when they come through - this is what you call a 'cheese molar' or cheese skewer: poorly fitted with an almost brittle, weak glaze.

Cheese molars

There appears to be a relationship between cheese molars and the use of antibiotics in the baby time. Cheese molars are extremely sensitive: when brushing, when eating sweets ... and at the dentist's control - especially the cold air sprayer!

Pediatric dentist

In the Netherlands you have special pediatric dentists who guide the children step by step in the treatment process with great flexibility, time and ease: first look, blow air once, mirror, and later on the step to treatment, possibly with local anesthesia.


Bacteria houses in dental plaque - the attack on the transition between gums and teeth and molars - and they live on sugars. As a waste product, they release a certain acid which affects the enamel and dentin and causes cavities - caries.


Some people have an extra coarse structure: they are bumpy, with deep grooves. Bacteria find this delicious, because in those deep grooves unnoticed more food remains (sugars) are left behind. With every food intake, your teeth get a so-called acid attack to process; 6 'acid peaks' per day is sustainable, but more peaks form an extra burden on your teeth. Brushing does not help against that ... Limit the number of eating moments to 6 - 7 per day: prefer to drink, cake, candy and a dessert at one time rather than spread it in the afternoon.

What can you do yourself?

Nowadays, the use of sugars and (fruit) acids is extremely high: children get bags full of biscuits, packets of (fruit) juice, cans of fresh, sweetened yogurt drink and other sweets to be kept literally sweet during the rest days. There are usually no cleaning sessions in between. Back at home, it is time to drink juice, soft drinks, snacks, sniffed, etc. until dinner time.

In the morning and in the evening

Golden rule: brushing in the morning and polishing in the evening. Give your child a sugar free chewing gum after a lunch time - some cleaning is better than nothing. The very last action before your child goes to bed must be brushing! Even though he comes down again later with 'I'm hungry' or 'I can not sleep' ... after that banana or cup of hot milk, you have to clean again again. Sugars and food remains that last all night are the worst: bacteria can go unrestrained and the acids that are released can work on the glaze unhindered.

What does the dentist do?

If your child has a weak set of teeth, pay attention to brush-shine and limit the acid attacks to 6 per day. The dentist has roughly three ways to support a weak set of teeth:

  • The pickles with a weak glaze get a layer of lacquer: a kind of artificial glaze (brush, rinse) that prevents acid fumigation
  • Choosing deep grooves gets a seal layer: a layer of plastic (acidification, rinsing, application, curing with a blue lamp - without drilling!) That makes the chewing surface smooth, making it easier to keep clean
  • Restore the molten teeth (holes) with a filling (drilling, unfortunately ...)
  • Sometimes there is drilling under local anesthesia (a prick), and possibly the gums are anesthetized with lidocaine (sleep droplets for the molar).


If you visit a special children's dentist do not explain too much, but let him / her do the story ... Go to your own dentist, then talk openly and honestly with your child about his molars. Keep it simple however: 'There is still some bread in your tooth and the dentist has a very nice cleaning device with which he' brrr-brrr-brrr 'nicely cleans your tooth. Then there is a new layer and your pick is completely beautiful again. "Have you agreed that your child gets a prick then very simply:" Because your constituents startle from that brrr-brrr sound let us sleep with some sleep sleep droplets. "

Stay honest

Children can have more than we think, but stay honest. Does it hurt? Yes - be honest ... you feel something. Compare it to something that your child does not like but can still handle, for example, a splinter, pull a plaster or pull a difficult toenail cut ... make up for it.

Bad luck

It is quite understandable that you feel insecure when your child has the misfortune to undergo dental treatment. Forget your own experience as a child and make sure that you do not project your fear - ask if someone else wants to join your child ...

Pleasant feeling about the dentist

It is important that you feel comfortable with the dentist. Do not allow your child to force and if necessary make several appointments in order to arrive at the final treatment. If you have doubts, ask if there is a pediatric dentist in your area, or a clinic where there is more time and space for the treatment of children.
Remember this: if you keep a good brush and keep an eye on the sweaty behavior of your child, you do not have to feel guilty!

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