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Children's dentist Cham

Children's dentistry

Paediatric dentistry deals with the treatment of diseases of the teeth, mouth and jaw in children. Our treatment methods are adapted to the special needs of young children, as well as older and possibly anxious children. We recommend that children have their first dental check-up as soon as all their milk teeth are present, but no later than the age of 3. Come and see us at the children's dentist in Cham. Make an appointment online or by phone on 041 785 60 00. Thank you very much.
Child at the paediatric dentist in Cham

Why go to the dentist in Cham when your child has milk teeth?

This dental appointment at the children's dentist in Cham is primarily for information purposes. Your child can get to know the world of the dentist. This can help prevent dental anxiety later in life.

Who pays for the check-ups?

From the first year of kindergarten, the annual dental check-up is free of charge. In the canton of Zug, children receive a voucher from their school which can be redeemed with us. The procedure varies from canton to canton. At Zahnpraxis Papieri (Children's Dentist Cham), we take good care of your milk and permanent teeth from infancy to adulthood.

How do milk teeth develop caries?

The oral health of the mother or father has a direct influence on the oral health of the child. For example, caries bacteria are transferred from the mother or father to the baby when the baby licks the nuggies. This infection is almost impossible to prevent.

When do the first teeth appear?

Some babies have a visible tooth at birth. This is called a "dentes natales" and is a tooth-like rudiment. It usually has to be removed because it interferes with breastfeeding.

The eruption of the first tooth varies greatly from person to person. Most babies get their first milk teeth by the time they are six months old. Before this time, the milk teeth are already fixed in the jaw. The lower central incisors come through first.

By the age of about one year, the upper and lower incisors are visible in the mouth. Later the molars erupt and then the milk teeth. At around 3.5 years of age, the milk dentition is fully formed. The milk dentition consists of 20 teeth.

The first milk teeth are much smaller than the permanent teeth. Their enamel is thinner and less mineralised. This is why cavities form more quickly. Milk teeth wear down more quickly than permanent teeth.

Why are the first teeth called primary teeth?

They may be called milk teeth because of their light, milky colour. It could also be that the baby's diet influenced the naming. They are made from breast milk in the first few months.

What to do if the tooth hurts when it comes in?

Some children, and even adults (when wisdom teethcome in), experience pain when a tooth comes in. The lining of the mouth can become inflamed during teething.

An anti-inflammatory ointment or a children's chamomile tea rinse may help. If nothing helps, swallowing difficulties and fever may occur. Then it is time for an examination at our dental practice in Cham.

A balanced diet, fluoride and proper dental care are important for healthy children's teeth. This includes regular visits to the paediatric dentist.

From the age of 3 , we recommend an annual dental check-up. Regular check-ups will help your child get to know the dentist and his or her team. By the time a cavity needs to be filled, the environment and dental team will be familiar and not cause additional stress and discomfort.

Children love sweets. Therefore, tooth-friendly alternatives should be preferred. Water is still the best drink.

How often should children brush their teeth?

Brushing is necessary from the first milk tooth onwards, preferably twice a day. Parents should brush afterwards. Flossing is recommended for tight and awkward spaces.

Electric toothbrushes remove more plaque than manual toothbrushes and are therefore suitable for children. It is important to have a small brush head to reach all areas of the mouth.

Teeth brushing child

What kind of toothpaste should I give my child?

There are special toothpastes on the market for children. These contain less fluoride than toothpaste for adults. There are different levels of fluoride and toothpastes for children aged 0-6 years and for children aged 6-12 years. As children are more likely to swallow toothpaste, it makes sense to buy a special children's toothpaste.

Why is fluoride in toothpaste?

Bacteria in plaque convert sugar into acids. These acids attack teeth. They leach minerals from the tooth substance. This is called demineralisation. If this process continues unchecked, caries develops, a hole in the tooth.

Fluoride supports mineralisation. Dissolved minerals can be stored more easily. Fluoride affects the metabolism of bacteria. Bacteria produce less acid. With fluoride, minerals are better bonded to the tooth enamel. They are less likely to be released from the tooth substance during an acid attack.

When do most dental accidents happen?

Most dental accidents happen in the second and third years of life, when little ones are exploring. We see falls when walking and running, jumping, riding a tricycle or bicycle. In most cases, the crown and root of the tooth are unharmed.

What is fluoride?

Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral. Fluoride is found in water, plants, soil and people. In humans, it is mainly found in bones and teeth.

Fluoride should not be confused with fluorine. Fluorine is a poisonous gas. Fluorides are salts, such as amine fluoride or sodium fluoride.

How much fluoride causes an overdose?

A person weighing 60 kg would have to swallow three tubes of toothpaste to have an overdose. Small amounts ingested while brushing your teeth are completely harmless.

What is fluorosis?

Dental fluorosis can be seen as whitish spots on the teeth. It is caused by a systemic overdose of fluoride (more than 2 mg/day).

Dental fluorosis can occur, for example, when fluoride tablets are taken over a long period of time during tooth development. Fluoride tablets are not recommended. It is better to brush teeth with an age-appropriate toothpaste.