Considerations for paediatric dentistry
Nimisha Nariapara explores the care of younger patients.
It almost goes without saying that treating children in practice comes with its fair share of challenges. So, what can you do to ensure that you are creating a welcoming space for younger patients and what options can you explore to provide more comfortable, faster treatment for them?
The challenges of treating children
One of the greatest issues we are seeing in dentistry in the UK at this time is the high levels of childhood tooth decay. Already a problem before the pandemic, the emergence of coronavirus only served to exacerbate the situation. In fact, it is now thought that almost one in four five-year-olds in the UK have dental decay – a shocking figure, especially as you consider how many millions of children call the UK their home.
Alongside these high rates of decay, other hurdles that professionals may come to when they treat children include developmental abnormalities, eruption anomalies and dental trauma. All of these can present difficulty during treatment unless you have the knowledge, technology and products to help provide an exceptional level of care.