In the pediatric dentistry consultation, the need for dental hygiene in children is always emphasized, since in most cases children have bacterial plaque. This plaque is easily removable with a brush, but if we do not remove it it can become a problem for the gums and tartar can accumulate on the teeth. On our site we tell you what tartar is, how to prevent or eliminate it in childhood.
What is tartar? Tartar or dental calculus is a hard, yellowish layer that, once established, is impossible to remove if it is not done in the dental office with the appropriate material. The way to remove tartar is done through prophylaxis, that is, dental cleaning with ultrasound instruments and brushes with pastes that polish the teeth.
Why is tartar coming out? Some children are more prone to dental plaque (made up of bacteria and food) calcifying and depositing on baby teeth.
Where does tartar usually come out? The areas where this tartar is most frequently located is in the lower teeth and specifically the lingual face of these pieces. The accumulation of tartar in this location is not accidental, since the saliva that arises from the sublingual glands is much thicker than that of the rest of the mouth, establishing itself in this area and removing the remains of food that can be housed there less easily. . It is also usually a dental area where children can not brush easily. But not only hygiene is the main one involved in this process.
If my child brushes well, why does tartar come out? It is common to find in the consultation with mothers that they assure that the brushing of their children is excellent, and in view of the fact that the rest of the mouth does not present any type of affectation, then why do these tartar stones form?
Are there children who are more prone to tartar? Children who breathe through the mouth and who are also frequently treated with aerosols tend to form these plaques due to the dryness of the mouth that the habit of oral breathing and medication produces. In addition, other treatments such as the one prescribed for attention deficit make the saliva thicker and adhere easily to the faces of the teeth.
How can tartar be prevented? In addition to the regular visits to your pediatric dentist for cleaning and prophylaxis, the establishment of habits such as drinking plenty of water to fluidize saliva or taking gum with xylitol to improve the amount of saliva in the mouth together with proper hygiene would be enough to keep tartar at bay.
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