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An answer is given to every question.

You should come to our pediatric dentist practice, because you want your child to have a positive experience in an environment that is suited for children when visiting the dentist. Treating children significantly differs to adult treatment in both general medical as well as dental regards. Therefore, for many parents, seeing a pediatric dentist has become as natural as visiting the general pediatrician by now. Thus, our practice has been very popular amongst our loyal patients for more than 15 years now. Many of our children are treated by us from their very first tooth onward and our little patients are frequently also sent to us from a general dentist. Why?

Our facilities are specifically designed for children. Here, children may run around and also be a bit loud, that doesn’t annoy anyone here. A large play corner, child treatment beds with TV screens mounted above them and child-appropriately colored rooms create a reassuring atmosphere that inspires confidence.

The treatment methods, too, are different than those for grown-up patients: using funny stories, hand puppets and a magic wand, we ensure the children are relaxed and we distract them from the actual treatment with cartoons, word games and hypnosis techniques. In addition, if needed, we do have the option to use laughing gas or work under anesthesia, while we are supported by experienced anesthesiologists.

Our dentists, dental assistants and prophylaxis assistants are technically qualified to work with children especially and additionally skilled to handle scared children that oppose to any treatment. We cater to your child’s individual needs to ensure a successful treatment. That way, apart from an optimal oral health we make your child feel comfortable at our practice, so that it likes to come again and looks forward to the next visit. Thus, a life-long positive disposition to dentists is created.

We recommend the first visit after the first primary tooth has broken through, yet at the latest as of the age of 2. An early first consultation is important to provide you – the parents – with recommendations on how to optimally protect your child’s oral health from the start, in order to prevent cavities and misaligned teeth from occurring in the first place. At these check-up appointments, we will gladly answer any questions you may have regarding pacifiers, thumb-sucking, using a baby/feeding bottle, dental care, using fluoride or dietary concerns. A further advantage: children can already build up trust and confidence at the check-up examination in a relaxed atmosphere and get to know us before a treatment is even necessary.

Note: In Germany, too, early childhood cavities are one of the most frequent chronic illnesses of children in the toddler or kindergarten age group – the appearance of which has been confirmed as five times more frequent than asthma and seven times that of hay fever. Thus, early childhood cavities pose a serious and often untreated problem. And: nearly half of all carious defects that were detected at a school-starting age, in fact already emerged by the time the children turned three. By conducting early and regular check-ups and with our support, you can make your child a valuable gift! Help your child to become a fearless and orally healthy adult, who has a wonderful smile with brilliant teeth!

The answer is a resounding: “Yes”.

Healthy primary/deciduous teeth are important to chew, speak and not least to have a confident and happy laugh! A destroyed primary tooth is not pretty and appears neglected. At the kindergarten, this can lead to teasing and exclusion. Until the permanent teeth have all appeared, the primary teeth serve an important placeholder function. A premature loss – the last primary teeth are lost at about 12 years of age! – can lead to a substantial lack of space in the remaining dentition. In many cases, only a cumbersome and expensive orthodontic therapy over years can create enough space for the new teeth. Moreover, healthy primary teeth are the precondition for permanent teeth to remain healthy. If caries is detected in a child, it has to be removed and the tooth must be treated. If the carious teeth are left untreated, the carious bacteria continue to spread. Since caries is an infectious disease, the carious defect in the individual teeth digs deeper over time and there is a danger that further teeth – especially the permanent molars that break through as of 6 years – may be infected.

Important to know: caries often progresses a lot faster with children than us adults! In addition, the primary teeth are relatively small compared to permanent teeth, yet the nerves are relatively large. This can lead to a quick inflammation of the primary tooth’s nerves, even if the “hole” appears to be comparatively small. If caries continues to go untreated for a longer period of time, there is a risk of fistulas or abscesses that can lead to an acute emergency. Chronic inflammation that emanates from fistulous primary teeth can cause pain, fever and a weakening of the entire body. If a tooth is insufficiently or incorrectly treated, this can damage the following permanent tooth, too.

The first incisors fall out at the age between 5 and 7. At about the same time, the first permanent molars appear behind the primary teeth and thus often remain unnoticed at first. These are often called 6-year-molars.

From the age of 8 to 10, there is usually no second dentition.

As of 10 years of age, the primary canines and molars then fall out and are replaced by the permanent canines and premolars. In addition, further molars appear behind the respective rows of teeth. Your child is now between 12 and 13 years old and the second dentition is concluded.

However, these are merely average figures. With some children, the second dentition occurs earlier, with others it can take significantly longer.

Dear parents,

Your child’s first visit is completely dedicated to an individual consultation. In addition, it offers your child the chance to get to know us and our practice in a relaxed atmosphere.

A detailed consultation is very important for us. Here we will inform you as parents and your children about how tooth decay develops, the influence of eating and drinking habits, risk of tooth decay and much more while we will also answer all your open questions.

Depending on the findings, it is often necessary to take X-rays. The treatment and further care of your child is then planned based on the medical history, the findings and the diagnosis. In this respect, it is particularly important to draw up an individual treatment plan for your child together with you as parents. In the process, we consider your child’s age, the condition of his/her teeth as well as the willingness to be treated.

Our practice concept is geared towards your child developing a positive relationship with the dentist and ensuring that a visit to our practice will be a happy experience. And we need your help in doing so! Successful treatment is only possible if you as parents and us as dentists join our forces.

How you can best support your child:

  • Don’t share any negative dentist stories!
    Your fear could be passed on to your child.
  • Let us know if your child has any special requirements!
    That way we can optimally prepare ourselves for him or her.
  • Avoid negations!
    To a child, “it won’t hurt” means “it may hurt”.
  • Don’t promise any rewards or gifts before the visit!
    This could put extra pressure on your child.
  • Let your child answer!
    Your child should be the center of attention.
  • Please let us manage your child!
    Children cannot listen to two adults at the same time.
  • Only praise your child after the treatment!
    This will boost his/her confidence to master new situations.

By consciously choosing your words and behavior, you can have a positive influence on your child and support us in our work!

Thank you very much,
your dentist team,

Dr. Christina Jürgensen