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Dental Care and Mouth Hygiene

Dental care from the very beginning is of particular importance for children with EB. From the very beginning means: as soon as the first tooth appears!

Damage to teeth can be prevented but once it has occurred, treatment often becomes difficult given the limited ability of children with EB to open their mouths and their sensitive oral mucous membrane.


How can damage to teeth be prevented?

Dental care and mouth hygiene at home

A child’s teeth, starting from the very first one, need to be cleaned using a toothbrush with a brush head that is as small as possible and fluoride toothpaste that is suitable for the child’s age.

Thorough dental hygiene is particularly important in the evenings, as the time period during which the child’s teeth are exposed to the detrimental effects of plague is longer during the night.

After the child’s teeth are brushed, it may be beneficial to rinse the child’s mouth with mouthwash or use gels recommended by your dentist. The chemical agents contained in such products reach areas difficult to access with a toothbrush.

Dental care and mouth hygiene at the dentist's

A child's first visit to a dentist's practice should take place at an early stage. On this occasion, parents receive information about recommended oral hygiene practices and tools, and the children start building up trust with their dentist. In addition, problems can be taken care of as soon as they begin to show.

Provided that the child cooperates, it is recommended to make use of professional dental cleaning every three months. These measures significantly reduce the risk of caries.

Tips

  • Creams, such as Calendumed ointment, improve the smoothness of the lips and make it easier to access the oral cavity.
  • Teas, such as sage and camomile, may also provide comfort due to their disinfecting and calming effect.

Sources of information:

Nicola Meißner, MD & Verena Bürkle, MD, Children’s Dental Practice, MEDICENT Salzburg (in cooperation with the EB House Austria)

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