Our goal is to offer children and parents comprehensive advice and care on all issues relating to pediatric and adolescent dentistry.
In the practice, which is specially geared towards children, the visit should be a positive experience: The Zahnhase and his friends bring the topic of teeth closer in a playful and visual way. The practice is tailored to the needs of the children. From the waiting play areas to the treatment rooms, everything is colorful and cheerful.
Specially trained staff and training material developed by us, appropriate to the child’s age, make it easier for children to access the topic.
Zahnhase.ch has also been the operator of the Riehen-Bettingen school dental practice since 2014.
Prophylaxis begins with children
In children, prophylaxis begins with the first teeth. Then at the latest is the time for a consultation.
The topics are:
- Care of teeth
- Habits such as thumb sucking
- Development phases
- Controls and treatment phases
Regular dental checks and oral hygiene measures are a prerequisite for healthy teeth for a lifetime.
The main causes of tooth decay are soft drinks, a high-carbohydrate diet, constant sucking on the bottle and poor oral hygiene. We therefore have specially prepared educational material for every child.
Since parents are role models for their children, we include the parents and recommend brushing their teeth together at the beginning.
Child and age-appropriate toothbrushing utensils and toothpaste can also have the desired motivating effect.
The teeth should be cleaned after each main meal and also after each sugary snack between meals, but at least twice a day.
We use modern, low-radiation X-ray equipment. All areas (e.g. in the bone, under the tooth enamel, between the teeth) that are not visible to the naked eye can be seen.
X-ray technology is used to detect caries between the teeth at an early stage.
The first small x-rays should be taken for children between the ages of 7 and 9. If the dentition is free of caries and there is no suspicion of caries susceptibility, it is sufficient to take the next caries pictures in the permanent dentition between the ages of 11 and 13 years.
Besides the X-rays , an overview image (Orthopantomography / OPT) can also be used to diagnose caries to assess the development of the teeth and the tooth systems
Before the first visit to the dentist
You should show confidence and serenity and make your child feel positive. Your child should feel that it is something completely normal and useful.
Negative phrases such as “It doesn’t hurt” or “You don’t need to be afraid” should be avoided because such sentences arouse fear and suspicion in the child. Also, do not use anxiety-inducing words like injections or drill.
It can help your child if you read them a book about their first visit to the dentist or look at the positive pictures on our website. Of course, your favorite cuddly toy can come along to the appointment.
For our treatment instruments, we use terms that the child knows and which have a positive connotation.
The equipment we use for the treatments also have names which the child understands, so there are no “injections” but “sleep beads and glitter beads”, the “drill” is called an “electric toothbrush”, the lamp is the sun. We put our teeth to sleep, brush, shower and apply cream.
By numbing the surface (ointment) and a computer-assisted, controlled anesthetic technique (the magic wand), anesthesia can be painless.
Treatment under laughing gas
Laughing gas can also be used to support dental treatments.
Laughing gas has a calming effect and reduces the sensation of pain.
The treatment with nitrous oxide does not have any physical limitations after the treatment.
Treatment under general anesthesia
General anesthesia is indicated for larger or protracted procedures, for very anxious children or children with intellectual disabilities.
A team of anesthetists experienced with children takes care of your child’s education and welfare.
It can happen that teeth break off, chipped, moved or even knocked out as a result of an accident. If you suspect a concussion (dizziness, vomiting, unequal pupils), please contact your general practitioner immediately or contact the hospital. Any dental accident should be reported to the dentist and insurance company. Even minor injuries can lead to long-term consequences.
What to do?
- Report any dental accident to the dentist immediately
- What happened, when, how, where?
- Age of the person / child?
- Deciduous or permanent teeth affected?
- Even minor accidents can result in complications.
Correct behavior is crucial.
Specially trained staff make it easier for children and parents to visit.