Pediatric Dentistry

Pedodontics is the branch of dentistry that performs oral and dental health control, care and treatment from the birth of the baby until the end of mixed dentition; that is, until the average age of 12 years. It will be appropriate for your baby to be examined by a pediatric dentist 6 months after the first tooth erupts. During this examination, it is advisable to get information from your pediatric dentist on various issues such as your baby's nutrition, oral and dental care and sucking habits.

As children get older, routine examinations should be continued and no caries or pain should be expected. It is recommended that children meet the dentist at an early age and have regular check-ups, both for their oral and dental health and to prevent the development of "Dentist Fear".

Pediatric Dentistry


Cleaning should start as soon as the first teeth appear in the mouth. Using a clean cloth, the teeth should be wiped clean in the morning after breakfast and before going to bed at night. Toothbrush use should begin after the baby's back teeth appear.

It is very difficult to suggest a technique for brushing teeth in preschool children and to have them practice it. The important thing at this age is to give the child the habit of brushing teeth. When children brush their teeth, most of the time they brush the visible or easily accessible sides of the teeth, but parents should check after brushing and brush again if necessary.

In school-age children, oral hygiene education and information on brushing technique are given during check-up sessions.


Fluoride therapy and fissure sealant treatments are the most important preventive dental applications. However, at what age and under what conditions should be determined by the pediatric dentist.

The main goal of preventive medicine is to prevent caries formation in children's teeth with painless and simple procedures. These sessions are also an opportunity for the child to come to the dentist more willingly in the future.


As with adults, children and even babies can also get cavities. However, deciduous teeth are different from permanent teeth and their treatment is recommended to be performed by a pediatric dentist. The first goal of pediatric dentistry is to protect the oral and dental health of the child. It is also among the aims of Pedodontics to eliminate the pain in children with the right dental treatments when necessary, and to restore their eating and sleeping habits, which are of great importance for their development. Depending on the condition of the problem, treatments such as filling, amputation, root canal treatment or tooth extraction can be performed in children. The most important point that families should not forget is that milk teeth must be treated. As a result of teeth whose treatment is postponed because "they will fall out anyway"; both problems affecting the general development of the child and problems may occur in the permanent teeth that will follow. In addition, a decay-free oral flora obtained during the transition from deciduous to permanent dentition will also protect the permanent teeth; because it should not be forgotten that decay is a contagious disease.


Problems affecting jaw relationships can also occur during the deciduous period. Pediatric dentists can detect bite problems, which may be much more difficult to treat in the future, at an early stage and take the necessary precautions. Another situation that can lead to orthodontic problems at a later age is the early extraction of deciduous teeth. In this case, the necessary distances are fixed with fixed or removable space mainteners that help to protect the place of the milk teeth and the place of the permanent teeth coming from below is protected.

Dr. Songül Uluçam Ülkenli / Pediatric Dentist