Pediatric Dentistry 2017: Bringing Out the Best Smile in Every Child
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. Because of poor oral care, children are faced with tooth decay and gum problems, that may cause possible lifetime pain and complications.
A pediatric dentist can provide a comprehensive oral health care that includes infant oral health examination, preventive cleaning measures and fluoride treatments, recommendations on proper nutrition and diet, habit counseling and intervention (thumb-sucking and pacifier use), correction of improper bite and straightening teeth, 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 perfect time for children to first visit a pediatric dentist? 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.
You can start performing oral care and use of toothpaste as early as possible. Start oral care at birth, cleaning the child’s gums with cloth and water, or a soft infant toothbrush. You can start brushing your baby’s teeth using a soft and age-appropriate toothbrush twice daily with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste 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 complains toothache, have your child gargle and rinse with a warm salt water and you apply cold compress on the face that is swollen as an emergency measure, then finally see a pediatric dentist as soon as possible. For any problems on your child’s teeth, we can help you with that. We specialize in pediatric dentistry.