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Dental hygienists from all over Spain take a refresher course to learn more on how to improve the oral health of children

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Tooth decay, gingivitis and molar incisor hypomineralisation are three of the main reasons our little ones pay visits to the paediatric dentist. Tooth decay in children up to 12 years is one of the most prevalent non-transmissible infectious diseases and is a public health problem affecting more than 40% of children.

This past June, Aula DENTAID, the company’s training area, closed the month having delivered 20-some training sessions entitled “An Update in Paediatric Dentistry: How to prevent oral disease from childhood through adolescence”, with participation by over 1,500 professionals from cities all across Spain.

These courses focused on discovering the characteristics of the oral cavity throughout the different stages of a child’s growth and the dental care potentially needed during each of these stages. Some fundamental differences existing with regard to a child patient’s dental treatment compared to that of an adult patient were also explained, with a special emphasis on managing a child’s behaviour in the dental office.

Dr Xavier Calvo, DDS, Periodontist and Medical Advisor at DENTAID points out that “ineffective care of baby teeth leads to sequelae in permanent teeth, as these may erupt with caries and be affected by a greater risk of gingivitis in surrounding tissues due to tooth malposition, ultimately causing unnecessary pain and discomfort for children”.

Recommendations for children’s oral hygiene

Children’s oral hygiene must begin from the birth, by first cleaning the gums and then the teeth as soon as they first emerge, with specific products. The first check-up with a paediatric dentist is advised before a baby’s first birthday, and it is recommended to visit this specialist once a year, or more often, if needed.

More information on the VITIS children’s product range here:  https://www.dentaid.com/en/vitis

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