Why a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist specializes in the treatment of children from infancy through early adulthood and patients with special needs. Pediatric dentists have an extra two-three years of training at dental schools in addition to four years of dental school and four years of college study. They learn how to deal with the behavioral aspects of children, how to make them feel comfortable, and how to make the experience pleasant. They are also trained and qualified to treat special needs patients. Children are not just small adults! Their teeth, brains, physiology, and temperament are very different from adults and pediatric dentists are trained to manage all of those differences. Our office provides specialized dentistry for children and adolescents in a warm, caring and child-friendly environment.
Caring for Primary Teeth
Some parents may feel that caring for baby (primary) teeth isn’t as crucial as caring for adult (permanent) teeth, simply because baby teeth are designed to fall out anyway. However, baby teeth are very important. They enable children to chew food and speak properly, and they reserve the spaces in gum tissue for future adult teeth.Decay in teeth is preventable. Good oral hygiene habits and a healthy diet, if established early, significantly decreases the risk of developing dental decay. Tips for looking after baby teeth and developing good oral hygiene habits include:
- From birth – Clean your baby’s mouth and gums by wiping with a soft cloth.
- First tooth – Brush twice a day with a soft toothbrush and plain water.
- 12 months – Take your child for their first dental visit.
- 18 months – Add a pea-sized amount of low fluoride or children’s toothpaste to the brush, and encourage your child to spit out the toothpaste (and not swallow or rinse).
- Two-and-a-half years – Begin flossing between any teeth that touch.
- Four to five years – Start teaching your child to brush their own teeth.
- Six years – Switch to adult toothpaste and continue to encourage your child to spit it out and not rinse. Start teaching your child to floss their own teeth.
- Eight years – Allow your child to brush and floss unsupervised. Continue regular dental check-ups
Our warm and welcoming environment is kid friendly and parents approved! Our dentists are highly trained in pediatric dentistry. Give us a call today or schedule an appointment online!