Children Dentistry: All About Pediatric Dentistry
A pediatric dentist is a person specializing in the oral health of children from infancy stage through the teenage years. Pediatric dentists completed a minimum educational background of four years of dental school and additional two years of pediatric dentistry residency training. Pediatric dentistry is a specialization taking care of teeth, gums and overall oral health of infants, children, teenagers and children with special needs. The growth of children’s teeth usually starts during the first six months of life, and they start losing their first set of teeth by age 6 or 7 years, which are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Children face potential tooth decay and gum disease without proper dental care, that may cause a lifetime pain and complications.
Pediatric dentists provide infants, children and teens a comprehensive oral health care such as infant oral health examination, preventive cleaning measures and fluoride treatments, habit counseling and intervention (thumb-sucking and pacifier use), correction of improper bite and straightening teeth, recommendations on proper nutrition and diet, tooth cavities and defects repairs, diagnosis of oral diseases associated with other acute and chronic conditions like heart defect, asthma and diabetes, gum disease management, and care and treatment for dental injuries. When is the ideal time for your child to have the first check up? For prevention of dental problems, children should visit a pediatric dentist as the first tooth appears, or no later than his or her first birthday. A child should visit a pediatric dentist at least once every six months or as recommended to prevent tooth cavities and other oral problems.
When it comes to using toothpaste or basic oral care, start the sooner the better. You can start at birth by cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft toothbrush or cloth and water. Brush your baby’s teeth using a soft and age-appropriate toothbrush with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste twice daily as soon as they erupt. The amount of fluoride toothpaste should be increased to a pea-size once your child reaches 3 to 6 years of age, and perform or assist while brushing because they don’t have the full capability to perform the right techniques yet. Children who are age 9 or 10, they can start using adult toothbrush because this is the time when many adult teeth show. When your child experience a toothache, rinse the irritated are with a warm salt water and you can also apply cold compress on the face that is swollen for emergency measure, then bring your child to a pediatric dentist. For any problems on your child’s teeth, we can help you with that. We specialize in pediatric dentistry.
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