Your child’s oral health is our top priority and our goal is to keep it healthy. Here at Southern Dental Associates , we have pediatric dentists who can help you take care of your child’s oral health by promoting good oral hygiene and avoid dental problems that could result to lifelong complications.
Pediatric dentists are specifically trained to focus on the oral and dental health of children from infancy throughout adolescence. . A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only.They have more knowledge in terms of providing treatment and taking good care of a child’s mouth, teeth and gums including the ones with special needs. Their specialization helps children avert oral problems that could possibly cause lifetime complications and diseases.
The following are the types of treatments that pediatric dentists provide:
- Oral health exams for infants which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
- Dental care that includes cleaning and fluoride treatments to prevent unnecessary oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum diseases
- Habit counseling e.g. pacifier use and thumb sucking
- Correcting an improper bite and early assessment and treatment for straightening crooked teeth
- Repair of defects and cavities
- Diagnosis of more complicated medical conditions through oral conditions including diabetes, heart problems, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, etc.
- Treatment or management of gum diseases and conditions
- Treatment for dental injuries
There are also dental procedures that pediatric dentists can provide to children:
- Topical Fluoride – Fluoride incorporates into the enamel of teeth, making it harder and more resistant to decay. Although there is a small amount of fluoride in toothpastes and in some drinking water supplies, we can apply a higher concentration onto your child’s teeth for maximum protection.
- Dental Sealants — dental sealants are plastic coating that prevents cavities by sealing the little grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth known as “pits and fissures.” These little crevices become the perfect environments for decay-causing bacteria. Immature tooth enamel is more permeable and therefore less resistant to tooth decay. Dental sealants are easy to apply and provide years of protection.
- Root Canal Treatment — root canal treatment is performed to save an injured or severely decayed tooth. Well, sometimes children need root canals, too. As mentioned above, baby teeth are important guides to the permanent teeth that are already forming beneath your child’s gums. Therefore, saving them from premature loss can help prevent a malocclusion (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) that requires orthodontic treatment.
- Bonding — Chips and minor fractures to front teeth are common childhood occurrences. These can be repaired with tooth-colored bonding materials. These lifelike resins made of plastic and glass can be used on baby teeth as well as permanent teeth and last until the youngster has completed facial growth.
Why is it best to consult a pediatric dentist?
- A pediatric dentist is trained or has received additional training that a general dentist has not. Aside from the four years required at a dental school, a pediatric dentist has also completed an additional two years of training specializing in infants, children, teens or other children with special needs.
- Pediatric dentists know exactly how to deal with children simply because that is what they do every single day, they are able to effectively treat them and make them comfortable
- Specialized treatment is provided by pediatric dentists for your child’s teeth and gums as well as their whole diet because they are aware how the overall diet of a child affects his oral health
- Pediatric dentists are knowledgeable in handling issues and problems that are specific or particular to children such as oral developmental difficulties
- Pediatric dentists focuses and puts emphasis on prevention of long term complication by starting good oral habits for kids as early as possible
Pediatric dentists can be considered as experts in their field given their training, education and experience. Children are not small adults and they are not all the time patient and cooperative during dental visits and treatments. Only pediatric dentists are capable of making the treatment comfortable for children. So the moment you decide to bring your child to a pediatric dentist, you can be assured that he or she will be given the best possible care.