Care of My Child’s Teeth
Your child’s mouth, jaw and teeth are ever growing and changing. In fact, a child’s dental needs are often far greater than an adult’s due to the rapid changes that occur between birth and adolescence. Rather than trust just anyone with your child’s dental care, look to a pediatric dentist who understands the unique oral health needs of children and can provide the most specialized care possible.
Did you know…
that pediatric dental care is about more than exams and professional cleanings? In fact, a pediatric dentist is a parent’s greatest partner in protecting a child’s oral health. Dentists can detect developmental problems, make recommendations for orthodontic treatment and even provide custom mouth guards to protect the teeth and jaw from contact sports in childhood and adolescence.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I bring my child to a dentist who specializes in pediatrics?
Pediatric dentists have specialized training working with children for approximately 2 years following dental school? This additional training time provides important skills in child growth and development, as well as child psychology. A pediatric dentist understands how to relate to children and works to provide an atmosphere that is welcoming and less intimidating to young patients. Furthermore, pediatric dentists are also trained in a hospital setting, and hence they are knowledgeable on treating dental emergency and on children with complicated medical history and special needs.
What will my child’s dental experience be like?
Your child’s pediatric dentist will monitor your child’s oral health with two or more visits per year. During those appointments, plaque is removed from the teeth and the mouth is examined for signs of decay and gum disease. Emphasis is placed on prevention both at home and in the office. Depending on your child’s risk factors and the results of his or her exam, the dentist may recommend specific treatments, such as fluoride treatments or sealants.
How soon should I bring my child to a pediatric dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a first dental visit no later than age one. These early visits are mostly educational, but can set the foundation for a lifetime of healthy oral habits. However, it is never too late to visit the dentist for the first time. Whether your child is a few months old or a few years old, there is no better time than now to start thinking about his or her oral health. Call our office today to schedule your child’s appointment.