Pediatric dentistry is a specialization for dentists who have completed additional education and training. They can help take care of your child’s teeth from the time the first tooth comes in through adulthood. Your child’s pediatric dentist will monitor your child’s dental development to make sure their teeth are developing properly.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child visit a dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth or by age one. However, parents should still pay close attention to their child’s oral development and begin brushing and flossing his or her teeth daily, even before teeth erupt.
Regular dental visits are important because a dentist can examine a child’s teeth, gums, and the bite, as well as provide parents with tips on caring for their child’s teeth at home.
The most common treatments in pediatric dentistry include fillings, cleaning, fluoride treatments, extractions, and crowns. Fillings and cleanings are common because younger patients are more susceptible to dental problems, which can develop quickly. In the case of tooth decay, we will remove the decayed tooth tissues and fill the cavity using tooth-colored fillings.
Fluoride treatments help to strengthen teeth and keep them away from cavities and decay. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth, especially the molars and premolars, which helps prevent cavities from forming. Extractions are sometimes necessary when a child’s teeth are crowded or in more serious situations in which infection occurs. Crowns, or caps, are often placed on children’s teeth when decay is severe, and fillings are not enough.