Although general dentists are capable of handling most dental issues affecting kids, it is always a good idea to work with pediatric dentistry, since they are specialized in the field. In addition to dental school, a pediatric dentist takes an additional 2 to 3 years to train on the dental needs of kids. Besides dental-related training, they also learn child psychology to help them relate better with children. Their skills allow them to provide a wide range of treatments for infants up until the time they become young adults. They are basically able to adapt to the ever-changing dental developments a child makes to ensure overall good dental health.
At Dental Care of Boca Raton, we cater to all children and adolescents, including those with special needs. We have invested in the right equipment and friendly staff to ensure that kids have a pleasant dental experience. The goal is to ensure that they have a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums and at the same time help them develop lifelong good oral habits.
A typical visit to the dentist involves evaluation of the child’s dental and medical history, if there is any, and performing a dental exam. The goal is to identify any looming risk and determine the oral state of the child. We recommend that child visits the dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts and thereafter continues with regular checkups and exams. Routine dental visits have proven to be the best way for preventing cavities, gum disease, and other oral health complications. The visits should be made every six months or as recommended, depending on the child’s specific needs.
Basic prevention services are also offered to protect vulnerable teeth. Your Kid’s dentist will offer treatments like sealants and fluoride application for children that are at high risk of cavities and tooth decay. This often considered the best measure while kids are yet to learn and master the technique of cleaning their teeth.
A pediatric dentist is also able to assist in case of any dental problems such as bleeding gums, sensitivity, misalignment, and delayed tooth eruption or tooth loss. The aim of treatment is to solve the problem before it gets out of hand or brings about secondary complications. For instance, if your child has cavities, the goal is to prevent the cavity from severely damaging the tooth and spreading to the adjacent teeth too. Pediatric dental treatments will restore the mouth of children while taking into account their development and uneasy nature.
For good dental health to be realized in children, parents also have to learn a few things about dentistry for children. It is usually the role of the pediatric dentist to educate parents on the dental needs of their children and how to realize them. Through such sessions, parents are able to learn things such as how to correctly clean their child’s mouth, which toothpaste to use, the best diet for healthy teeth, and even how some common habits like thumb-sucking affect the child’s dental health. This is of course a continuous process and cannot be realized in one session. As your child grows and their needs change, a pediatric dentist makes a point to inform you about what is happening and how you should approach the change. When parents become aware and involved in the dental needs of their children, it reduces instances of complications and instills good habits in children.
For a long time, people have assumed that since the primary teeth will eventually shed off, it is not really necessary to pay great attention to their care. However, these teeth are still important and if they are lost too early or too late, they impact the health of the incoming permanent teeth. therefore, do not hesitate to reach out to a pediatric dentist whenever you notice any problem with your child’s mouth. if you are yet to take them for their first dental visit, make sure to do it soon for their benefit.