Pediatric Dentistry: Your child’s first visit:
During your child’s first visit, besides an examination, the dentist will show you proper oral hygiene by demonstrating how to clean your child’s teeth, discuss good dietary practices, the importance of fluoride, and even recommend oral products to ensure good and healthy teeth.
Kid’s complete check-up:
The dentist will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums, looking for decay and other problems. If necessary, the child's teeth may be cleaned. Your toddler can also be checked for problems related to habits such as prolonged thumb or finger sucking.
Preventive care plays a major role in the overall oral and physical health of your child. The onset of decay can lead to a multitude of problems, some relating to oral health, and some relating to overall well-being. This is why proper preventive care such as proper brushing and flossing techniques, regular cleanings and exams, fluoride treatments, and early cavity detection are instrumental for your child, and their developing teeth.
Restorative dentistry will recover a tooth’s health and put strength back into the patient’s bite. Primary teeth play an important role in a child’s development including learning to eat and speak. As their adult teeth emerge, the dentist will watch your child’s bit, gum health and work with both you and your child to protect new teeth.
Pediatric dental emergencies can sometimes occur. Emergency dental care does not have to mean emergency room care. Active children like to run and play, but that also means they can fall and hurt themselves. Two common pediatric dental emergencies are toothaches and knocked out teeth. Toothaches are common in children of all ages and rarely occur without cause. Knocked Out Tooth is a tooth that has been knocked-out of the child’s mouth completely, it is important to contact your dentist immediately.
Your child's baby teeth have some big responsibilities. Until they reach their adolescents, their primary teeth will not only help them bite, chew and speak correctly, but also assist in guiding the permanent teeth underneath them into their proper position. In fact, the function of baby teeth is to hold the space for the adult teeth. By placing separators between their teeth, the spacers create enough room so that the baby teeth can fall out on their own.
Dental sealants are a quick, easy, and a relatively cheap solution for preventing cavities. Although the idea behind sealants is not new, they’re quickly becoming the go-to treatment for kids who need extra help in the dental department. Dental sealants is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) to prevent tooth decay.
Healthy gums and teeth are important to your child's overall health. Which is why your child's pediatrician will talk with you regarding good dental habits even before your child's first tooth appears. Once your child has a tooth, your pediatrician may recommend that your child receive fluoride varnish treatments.