Between-meal eating of foods high in sugar and starches may promote tooth decay. Sugarless candies made with certain sugar alcohols do not. Typical Foods: Sugarless candy and gum. Getting a family dentist is a necessity. Over time you’ll build trust and become comfortable with them so your visits don’t seem as bad.
Requirements: Foods must meet the criteria for “sugar free.” The sugar alcohol must be xylitol, sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol, isomalt, lactitol, hydrogenated starch hydrolysates, hydrogenated glucose syrups, erythritol, or a combination of these. When the food contains a fermentable carbohydrate, such as sugar or flour, the food must not lower plaque pH in the mouth below 5.7 while it is being eaten or up to 30 minutes afterwards. Claims must use “sugar alcohol,” “sugar alcohols,” or the name(s) of the sugar alcohol present and “dental caries” or “tooth decay” in discussing the nutrient-disease link. Claims must state that the sugar alcohol present “does not promote,” “may reduce the risk of,” “is useful in not promoting,” or “is expressly for not promoting” dental caries.
Sample Claim: Full claim: “Frequent between-meal consumption of foods high in sugars and starches promotes tooth decay. The sugar alcohols in this food do not promote tooth decay.” Shortened claim (on small packages only): “Does not promote tooth decay.” Reprinted with permission from FDA Consumer
How to Reduce your Chances of Getting Cavities
Good oral hygiene significantly reduce your risk of getting cavities. Brushing removes bacteria and food debris bacteria feeds on. When brushing it is important to brush all teeth surfaces for 2-3 minutes.
Flossing everyday is important for preventing cavities. Flossing reaches the nearly parts of your mouth that your toothbrush can not reach. In these areas, bacteria lives and may cause cavities.
Good Diet will Help Prevent Cavities
Bacteria are particularly fond of foods containing sugars and carbohydrates. These foods provide bacteria with energy to grow, reproduce, and create enamel eating acid. A special favorite of bacteria are foods which tend to stick to teeth like peanut butter, caramel, and honey. When stuck to teeth these foods are not cleared by chewing and swallowing. Consequently they provide bacteria with a long lasting food source from which to make acid.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that “frequent eating of foods high in sugars and starches as between-meal snacks may be more harmful to your teeth than eating them at meals…” Put the treats out of sight and encourage children to avoid excessive snacking, especially between regular meals. If they desire a treat, consider including it as part of the meal.
One group of scientists doing a recent study found that apples actually helped clean teeth among a control group of children and therefore significantly cut down on the risk of tooth decay.
Fluoride to Help Prevent Cavities
Fluoride is a wonder of modern dentistry. Fluoride incorporates itself into tooth enamel strengthening the enamel and making it more resistant to cavities. Most adults receive adequate amounts of fluoride in their toothpastes. Children often receive adequate amounts in their drinking water. If your water is not fluoridated you may want to consult your pediatrician to see about providing fluoride supplements for your child.
Visit your Dentist Twice a Year for Regular Checkups
Though cavities can be repaired, taking care of your teeth is easier to do. Here’s how:
Brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after each meal or at least twice a day. Bedtime is an important time to brush.
Brush up and down in a circular motion.
Gently brush your gums as well to keep them healthy.
Floss your teeth once a day to remove plaque and food that’s stuck between your teeth.
Limit sweets and sugary drinks, like soda.
Why are “baby teeth” important?
Primary teeth have been labeled “baby teeth.” However, the first tooth is usually lost around age six and some primary molars remain in place until 12 or 13 years of age. Primary teeth are necessary for proper chewing, speech, development of the jaws and esthetics. Care of the primary teeth is important not only for proper function, but also to avoid a number of unpleasant conditions, such as pain or infection, that may result from their neglect.
Is it okay for my child to use a sippy cup?
Sippy cup or nursing bottle mouth (early childhood caries) is caused by frequent and prolonged exposure to liquids containing sugars (milk, formula, fruit juice, sports drinks, soda pop) and can rapidly destroy your child’s teeth if not caught in time. Never put your child to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup. Encourage your child to drink from an open cup as early as his/her first birthday.
What if my child uses a pacifier or sucks a thumb?
This type of sucking is completely normal for infants and very young children as it provides a sense of security and relaxation. Most children naturally stop sucking their thumb or pacifier between two and four years of age with little to no harm to their teeth or jaws. However, prolonged pacifier use or thumb-sucking can push your child’s teeth forward and cause an open bite or may cause the teeth to not come in properly. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should cease these habits by the age of three. Ask the dentist for ideas to help your child quit his or her habit.
Why is early orthodontic care important?
Early orthodontics can enhance your child’s smile, but the benefits far surpass appearance. Pediatric orthodontics can straighten crooked teeth, guide erupting teeth into position, correct bite problems, and even prevent the need for tooth extractions. In addition, straight teeth are easier to keep clean and less susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
What are space maintainers?
A space maintainer is used to hold space in the jaw for a permanent tooth when a baby tooth has been prematurely lost. If space is not maintained, teeth on either side of the missing tooth can drift into the space and prevent the permanent tooth from erupting. Space maintainers are usually made of metal and are custom made for your child’s mouth.
What are dental sealants?
Sealants are adhesive coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth and can be very effective in preventing tooth decay. Even if your child brushes and flosses carefully, it is difficult—sometimes impossible—to clean the tiny grooves and pits on certain teeth. Food and bacteria build up in these crevices, placing your child in danger of tooth decay. Sealants seal out food and plaque, thus reducing the risk of decay.
Should my child wear an athletic mouth guard?
Athletic mouth guards are soft plastic mouth guards made specifically for your child’s teeth. They protect the teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue. They can help protect children from such serious head and neck injuries as concussions and jaw fractures. Increasingly, organized sports are requiring mouth guards to prevent injury to their athletes. Current research suggests that most oral injuries occur when athletes are not wearing mouth protection.
What is nitrous oxide?
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a safe and effective way to calm a mildly anxious child during the restorative visit. Your child remains fully conscious and alert while breathing the laughing gas. At the end of treatment, it is eliminated after a short period of breathing oxygen and has no lingering effects.
What is conscious sedation?
Sedation is a technique to guide a child’s behavior during dental treatment. Medications are used to help increase cooperation and to reduce anxiety during dental procedures. Sedative medications cause most children to become relaxed and drowsy. Sedation may be indicated for children who have a level of anxiety that prevents good coping skills, those who are very young and do not understand how to cope in a cooperative fashion, or those requiring extensive dental treatment. Sedation can be used safely and effectively when administered by a pediatric dentist with a conscious sedation permit.
What is general anesthesia?
General anesthesia is a controlled state of unconsciousness that eliminates awareness, movement and discomfort during dental treatment. General anesthesia provides a way of effectively completing dental care in a hospital setting while a child is unconscious. It is generally reserved for children with severe anxiety, extensive tooth decay, young age, special needs or compromised health.
CHOOSING TO BREASTFEED a child is a personal and special decision for a mother. Not only does nursing provide a valuable bonding experience for mother and baby, it also has many health benefits, such as decreasing the child’s risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and lowering the chances of mom developing breast and ovarian cancer. But what effect can breastfeeding have on baby’s oral health and development?
Breastfeeding Aids In Bite Alignment
You may not have known that the sucking mechanisms are different for bottle-fed and breastfed babies. Breastfeeding stimulates muscle tone in the jaw because it requires the use of the jaw muscles more so than bottle-feeding. A study published in “Pediatrics” also showed that babies who were exclusively breastfed for six months were 72 percent less likely to have crooked teeth.
With that being said, it is important to remember that every child is different. Breastfeeding does not guarantee that a child will not have future orthodontic problems just as bottle-feeding does not always lead to bite misalignment. There are many factors that go into bite alignment such as thumb sucking, pacifier use and genetics.
Decrease Your Child’s Risk Of Tooth Decay
Breastfed babies have a reduced risk of cavities. This is because they aren’t at risk for baby bottle tooth decay. Baby bottle tooth decay happens when a child is put to bed with a bottle that contains formula, milk, or fruit juice. Cavities and decay can still occur in breastfed babies if parents aren’t careful.
To prevent decay, whether bottle feeding or breastfeeding, gently wipe your infant’s gums with a wet washcloth or soft towel after feedings. Later, when your child’s teeth finally make an appearance, start brushing them with a small toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste twice daily. For children under three, use no more than a smear of toothpaste, approximately the size of a grain of rice.
And good news, moms. The eruption of teeth doesn’t mean you have to stop breastfeeding. Every mother and every child is different. Start weaning your child whenever it is right for both of you.
Moms, Don’t Neglect Your Own Oral Health
Mothers with newborns are completely focused on taking care of the new addition to their family. But, moms, don’t let that get in the way of setting enough time aside to focus on your oral hygiene. Cavity prevention is even more crucial for new parents, as bacteria can be transferred from you to your baby.
We Want Healthy Smiles For Mothers And Their Children
Whether you choose to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, or a combination of both, it’s up to parents to start their children off right when it comes to their oral health and development. If you have any questions concerning pediatric oral health care, give us a call. Our job is to keep families smiling!
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Your First Visit
Our office has been designed to be both kid and parent-friendly. Even more importantly; Our professional staff have dedicated their careers to helping children. The latest technology is combined with genuine compassion and concern.
At our office, we encourage parents to accompany their children during the first visit and routine cleaning appointments.
From the time you and your child walk through our office door, the staff has already started understanding your child’s needs, thereby starting to formulate a visit that will bring out the best in your child. Each child’s visit is specifically tailored for your child.
Our approach is one of maintaining calmness and reassurance to both the child and the parent. A technique of “Tell Show Do” is our main behavior modification process. We believe the trust and comfort your child feels in their first dental experience will follow your child for a lifetime.
We try to keep your child in motion so that he or she can become familiar with our office and staff. There is time for play, learning, dental care and rewards. Each person that you meet will greet you and introduce themselves to you and your child. You may be pleasantly surprised to know that the doctor will always introduce themself to you. We know that each parent and child is special.
Parents know their child the best, but we recommend that you keep the description of the visit to the dentist as light hearted and routine as possible; just make it matter of fact. Depending on the child’s age, we may use silly terms or words to say what we are going to do. Relax and enjoy it! Let our experienced staff do what they are specially trained to do.
All paperwork including health histories, HIPPA forms, insurance forms, copies of insurance and ID cards, legal guardian papers or any court documents, must be completed before we see your child. We suggest that you download the forms from our website, fill them out at home and bring them in to our office completed, or arrive approximately ten minutes early for your first appointment to complete the paperwork at that time. If there is information that you prefer to keep from your child’s “little ears” please inform us.
Dentistry for Children-Things you should know about your child’s dental needs.
Q: Why is my child getting cavities?
A: As a pediatric dentist, I see multiple patients in my office that are experiencing cavities. This is very concerning since childhood cavities can lead to pain, difficulty eating and if not treated, can negatively affect the permanent teeth. To appropriately answer the question of why a child is getting cavities, one must first understand what causes cavities to form.
To start, the process of tooth decay is actually called dental caries. A “cavity” is the hole or cavity that is formed on a tooth affected by dental caries. Dental caries is a very complex process.
There are many types of bacteria that occur naturally in our mouths. Almost 90% of humans have a
certain type of bacteria that is responsible for cavities. These specific bacteria live primarily in a sticky
film on and around the teeth called dental plaque. These bacteria love to eat sugar. As they eat and
digest sugar, the bacteria give off acid. This acid can dissolve the minerals on the hard outer surface of the tooth. Prolonged exposure to these acids can result in a cavity.
If a child has a cavity it is usually from either not removing the bacteria sufficiently from the teeth or
from feeding the bacteria excessive amounts of sugar. The bacteria and plaque can be removed by
adequate brushing and flossing. Limiting the frequency of sugary foods and drinks can allow the body to neutralize the acids that are formed from caries.
Here are a few tips on preventing cavities:
Never allow a child to sleep with a bottle or sippy cup containing a sugary substance. (This includes milk and diluted juice)
Assist your child with brushing until the age of 6
Start brushing the teeth as soon as the first one appears
Start flossing daily by age 3
Limit sticky sugary substances (fruit snacks, raisins, etc.)
Only allow candy on a limited basis
Take your child to the dentist when they are 12 months old.
Visit your dentist regularly
There are many other components to the caries process and the prevention of cavities such as fluoride and sealants. A dentist will work with each patient and individualize a prevention plan that is best for you and your child.
Give your child a happy, healthy, and beautiful smile. Our practice is comprised of a team of Childrens Dentists dedicated to providing exceptional dental care for area families. Our dental office is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art equipment. We can provide both Childrens Dentistry and Orthodontics for Adults and Children. You can save time and money by combining your child’s dental and orthodontic visits into one. For the best pediatric dental services, call our office to schedule a visit today!
We can provide dental care for infants and young children. Our Pediatric Dentists have experience working with the dental needs of young children including space maintainers and teaching proper oral health habits. To schedule an appointment with our Pediatric Dentists, call our office Today!
We make every effort to provide your child with the very best in Childrens Dentistry. Each of our doctors is a specialist with an additional 2-3 years of in depth training and certification. We remain conservative, honest, and practical in our recommended dental care and treatment plans. With our office, you’ll have a Childrens Dentist focused on giving your child a happy, healthy, and beautiful smile.
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From regular checkups to tooth repair and fillings, we’re prepared to provide the dental care your child needs. Call today to schedule an appointment for your child.
We also provide exceptional Childrens Orthodontics to give your child a beautiful, straight smile. Should your child require orthodontics, you can benefit from the convenience of fewer appointments, exams, and procedures. Our team of Childrens Orthodontics specialists uses the latest techniques and equipment to give your child the most beautiful smile. Having straight teeth is important for appearance and proper oral health.
From traditional braces to the latest techniques, including Invisalign, our practice is your child’s best location for exceptional Childrens Orthodontics. Call today to make an appointment for your child!
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Everyone knows just how important taking good care of your teeth is, especially during your first few years on this earth. Everyone also knows that to make sure that you maintain proper dental hygiene you have to regularly check up with a dentist. For little ones however, dental care is quite different to grown-ups, as their teeth are still developing and it is important to make sure that they develop good habits from a young age. This is where pediatric dentists step in, catering for the specific dental needs of young ones, pediatric dentists are specially trained to treat the needs of infants, and have to undertake a total of six years of training, however finding the right pediatric dentist can be a daunting task if you do not know where to start looking.
When it comes to finding a pediatric dentist there are many options that you should take into consideration as opposed to just choosing the closest to where you live. All are unique and different to one another, so you should take the following into consideration before you rush into any hasty decisions. For example, you should take into consideration any needs that your children might need catering for, for example disabled access to the dentistry, or seeking a pediatrician who has a skill-set to cater for your children’s unique circumstances. You should also check that the dentist is fully certified and qualified, and might also want to search some reviews on them online to check the quality of care that they provide for their patients. Once you have decided on the set of requirements that you expect out of your pediatric dentist you can start the search for the right one.
The simplest method to finding a pediatric dentist around your area is by asking friends for their recommendations, as these are always a good place to start, even if they end up not being the right fit for you or your children for some reason. Another good way to get in touch with a pediatric dentist is by asking for a referral from your child’s pediatrician if they already have one, as they will usually be able to recommend more than one dentist and will already know your circumstances so can help to find the right dentist that can cater for them. Another method for finding a dentist for your children if you have already depleted these methods is by using an online search tool which can search for dentists in your local area.
If you are still struggling to find pediatric dentistry for your children, then you can always go direct to some of the institutions that they usually work at, for example going to a medical center to inquire about their services for children’s dental hygiene, or if it is possible maybe a private practice that is near to you. If not, then it is even possible to receive dental treatment from a dental school, so it could be worth checking out a dental school if you know that one is available nearby you. You should be able to find a pediatric dentist that is able to fully cater to you and your children’s needs by running through all of the options in this list, however if you cannot then you will most likely need to expand your field of search in order to find a dentist that suits you.
There are also other considerations that you should put some time into while searching for child’s new dentist, such as taking the time to ask them about their two year work placement and if that experience can be applied to help your children. Also it is never enough when searching for a dentist for your kids to just communicate with the dentist via phone or the internet and make a decision based on conversations over the phone or internet, as it is really important to go out and see the dentist face to face, so that you can assess if the location, the practice and the dentist themselves are right for you.
Orthodontist « Pediatric and Children’s Dentistry
Parents are busy people, and making an appointment with an orthodontist for your kids is probably the last thing on your mind. But recent research by Scandinavian researchers suggests that orthodontic intervention in early childhood could be beneficial. As dental health experts have claimed for years, and are now being vindicated for, having an orthodontist check on your child’s teeth can reduce the requirement for treatments in the future, including expensive treatments such as Invisalign.
The Scandinavian researchers tracked a group of children up to the age of sixteen, starting from eight. They found that in the group that visited a children’s orthodontist during childhood, the percentage of the children who required further treatment was reduced from 33% to 9%. In total, this group of children experienced a 70% improvement in their oral health.
Needless to say, these children were saved from serious dental problems in later life, and probably experienced a better childhood and time in school. Even for those kids who still required treatment later, their treatment was curtailed in time, complexity and cost. Expensive surgery and Invisalign treatments essentially became unnecessary. And post-treatment, kids that saw an orthodontist early were less likely to have recurrence of symptoms. Of course, parents enjoy the thousands of dollars in savings associated with better clinical outcomes.
In addition, there are other benefits to early consultation and treatment. Kids that need speech therapy benefit more from it and require fewer sessions. We all know childhood teasing can be cruel; kids who get early treatment will have fewer self-esteem issues. This confidence carries over to later life and can have significant impact on opportunities and how they grow up to tackle challenges.
For early childhood treatment, the bulk of treatments belong to the prevention category, especially for the youngest patients under eight. Comprehensive oral assessments should reveal emerging problems that include teeth overcrowding and overbites.
Also, the specialist can spot bad habits and also prevent habits that could result in much more serious problems that require complex treatments in the future. Under the right circumstances, the specialist could extract a few teeth and institute some measures to reduce or even eliminate the likelihood of treatment later in life.
Provided there are no pre-existing conditions, parents should bring their children to an orthodontic specialist starting as early as six, perhaps seven. Misaligned teeth that protrude or jut can frequently be addressed from the ages of eight to ten. More serious overcrowding and overbites can receive attention at eleven or twelve. At the ages of thirteen through fifteen, treatments relating to congenitally missing teeth, a lower jaw that protrudes, or gaps between the two front teeth can be safely implemented.
Your child will benefit from an early consultation. If you choose not to bring your child to a specialist, treatment costs could skyrocket in the future, and your child may have to cope with all the inconveniences and difficulties of an adult procedure like Invisalign.
There are many dentists you can search on the internet. However, finding the right pediatric dentist requires a lengthy search by concerned parent. These sources above are a great way to start.
Most states require a pediatric dentistry certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. The purpose of the ABPD is to promote and advocate high standards and guidelines geared toward the betterment of health and oral health for infants, children and teenagers in the United States as well as to make sure that dentists that go through their certification program adhere to the highest standards of excellence in pediatric dentistry. Their certification programs and exams are updated frequently to ensure the aforementioned high standards. The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry as well as the American Association of Pediatric Dentists work hand in hand to prepare and support pediatric dentists in the United States. Make sure that as you search for dentists that they are fully accredited by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Dentist ratings are excellent sources of information and they will help you choose a dentist you can trust. There are many dentists, but they are not all the same. Choosing a dentist should not be a random decision. You should choose your dental provider as carefully as possible. Take some time to explore your options and compare dentist ratings online so you can make the right decision.
There are many rate your dentist websites. Valuable information is provided about general dentists, family dentists, pediatric dentists, cosmetic dentists, oral surgeons and others. In addition to rating their dentists, patients often leave comments about their dental providers.
Ratings are typically based on a 5 point scale, with 5 being the highest rating. Dentists are analyzed on how knowledgeable, helpful, informative, punctual, and friendly they are. There may also be a rating for the quality of their employees. Patients take surveys and grade their dental providers as being fair, good, or very good on wait times and the ease of making appointments. Dentist ratings can also let you know if the dentists in your area spend enough time with their patients, help people understand their condition, and answered the patients’ questions. Patients are also asked if they trust their dentists and would recommend them to other people.
Before you schedule an appointment with a dentist, check out the ratings online. Utilize the information that is available to you. Most people want to find the best dental provider possible. In the past, most people would rely on word of mouth from people they know, but today we can find all the information we need by visiting dentist rating websites. This allows us to acquire the viewpoints of thousands of patients in the world.
Dentists rating websites are user friendly. They allow people to sort by state, city, best rating, the doctor’s last name and such. Some of these websites also provide other valuable information about dental providers such as what kind of background the dentists have, where they are located, how much experience they have, as well as detailed reviews that people have about their dentists.
These websites provide information to people when they need it. All you have to do is log on to the internet, search for dentists, and check out dentist ratings and reviews. It will only take you a few minutes to get the information you need.
After you narrow it down to one dentist or specialist who fits your needs, schedule your first appointment. Finding the right dentist for you or your family is an important process and it should not be taken lightly. After you meet with your dentist, you can leave your own rating and review online. The information you provide will help thousands of people find the right dental provider.
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Your smile makes a lot of difference in your day to day life. To have a good smile it is necessary for you to have a proper dentition pattern. There are only few people in the world who are blessed with proper dentition. If you have a child who suffers from toothache, it is really important for you to seek help of a dentist as soon as possible.
Pediatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents. The age limit of such patients ranges from birth to 21. A medical practitioner who specializes in this area is known as a pediatrician. The dentist deals with teeth, their diseases and disorders, and oral care. People take their children to a pediatrician because of their expertise in dealing with children’s diseases. The same idea applies to dentistry.
Dental care needs to begin at an early age. Most children are ignorant about dental care, and it is the responsibility of the parents to inculcate oral hygiene into their kid’s daily lives. Even though the children’s teeth are not their permanent ones, any damage to these teeth can affect the growth of the permanent ones that are beneath the milk ones. A child should be taken to the dentist for regular checkups. But care should be taken while choosing a dentist. The best option is to consult a pediatric dentist.
A pediatric dentist deals with kid’s teeth and oral problems and needs to complete additional education beyond dental school in an officially recognized specialty program. A general dentist can legally treat children usually as part of a family practice. Most general dentists do a good job even though they do not have additional specialty training and education of a Pediatric Dentist. It is illegal to call oneself a Pediatric specialist if one if not. Such orthodontic practices do not offer the full range of services as the specialist. A little marketing can deceive the public so don’t assume a practice is a specialist if they happen to look like kids dentists. Most of these kid’s dentists are usually general dentists who have set up a business model to emphasize the treatment of children and mainly target Medicaid insured patients.
Make sure that your child’s dentist is really a Pediatric dentist and not just a general one. If you use a group practice it could be that the dentist seeing your child is general one. If you are not sure, ask specifically whether the dentist is a Pediatric specialist. If you get answers like “our dentists treat children” or “yes, we see children” or, “our practice is dedicated to treating children”, or something other than a straight yes, you are not seeing a pediatric dentist. The answer needs to be specific. If you are still in doubt, do a little research on the internet about their residency and their specialty. Some states require a specialty license.
Pediatric Dentistry: Is It All Child’s Play?
It’s all too easy to get caught up in the cares and concerns of our health when we’re adults, but let’s not forget that our little ones need just as much care and attention – sometimes even more so.
We all know that kids can get into all sorts of trouble, whether they’re in the playground or scribbling all over your freshly painted living room wall. Sometimes, though, these mishaps can end up causing a lost tooth or other types of dental damage. That’s where pediatric dentistry comes in. It’s a special branch of dentistry that deals exclusively with children, and it could very well save your child’s smile one day.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Because the nature and structure of a child’s teeth differs drastically from that of an adult, the amount of care needed and the way it is delivered needs to be different too. For this reason, pediatric dentistry was created. The ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of pediatric dentistry aims to discover new ways to deal with the various infections and problems that children can encounter, while the ‘front line’ is made up of actual pediatric dentists, who are experienced in treating a range of oral hygiene problems in children.
One factor that has to be considered by pediatric dentists is the fact that children often have ‘baby teeth’, which will eventually fall out and be replaced with their adult counterparts. Because the size and shape of these teeth is very different to their adult forms, the tools and procedures are also very different. Pediatric dentists also come across a range of oral hygiene issues with kids because they have a tendency to not want to clean their teeth, and are difficult to convince of the benefits. Call it the arrogance of youth, but for some reason, telling them their teeth will drop out when they’re old doesn’t seem to bother them!
What Are the Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry?
There are a whole host of benefits that are associated with proper pediatric dental care. First and foremost is obviously the health of your child’s teeth. Children are notoriously difficult when it comes to oral hygiene, and a pediatric dentist can give you all sorts of advice which will help you do a better job of imparting the skills necessary for your child to retain a great set of pearly whites.
It is generally recommended that you take your child to see a pediatric dentist roughly once every six months. This will ensure that their teeth are receiving the best possible care. The pediatric dentist will give the child’s teeth a thorough checkup and, if necessary, a good clean. Another benefit of a pediatric dentist is that they are able to provide you with knowledge that you probably couldn’t gain elsewhere. They can teach you how to clean your children’s teeth properly, including flossing and mouthwash if appropriate.
What Sort of Issues can a Pediatric Dentist Deal With?
Pediatric dentists are fully qualified to deal with a range of issues that affect a child’s oral hygiene. For example, your child may at some point suffer from plaque buildup or tooth decay. A pediatric dentist can teach your child how to avoid this situation in future, as well as repairing any damage and removing the plaque. Pediatric dentists can also help with any diseases that may affect your child’s mouth.
Whilst relatively rare, it is possible that your child could contract mild gum disease (known as gingivitis) or an infection (this can happen a lot, as children tend to put things in their mouths). The dentist will be able to treat these problems in a way that is appropriate for a child. There are some ‘adult’ treatments that are simply too harsh to be applied to a child’s mouth. Pediatric dentistry utilizes well researched alternatives to ensure the safety of the child throughout any of these procedures.
Should You Take Your Child to a Pediatric Dentist?
The short answer to this is yes. Overall, it makes a lot more sense to employ someone who is specifically trained in the area to take care of your child’s oral hygiene. Whilst an ‘adult’ dentist will gladly treat a child, there is always a risk that they may not use the most gentle or effective methods to treat a child’s oral hygiene problems.
To be on the safe side, it really is important to have your child’s teeth looked at by a pediatric dentist at least once every six months. If any issues occur ‘in the between’ you can always make an appointment to see a pediatric dentist in the same way you would an adult one. Remember, the health and future of your children’s teeth really is in your hands.
The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate health care provider.
Dentists â Types and Specialties
Having a thorough knowledge of various types of dentists effectively helps patients to properly evaluate and consider their options when seeking dental care. Placing your trust in a specialist who is not equipped to handle your condition, or who lacks the knowledge and understanding necessary to treat you will only work to worsen any current conditions or issues you have.
Dentistry at its core encompasses a vast array of studies and treatment areas. As such, most general dentistry practices offer patients a variety of treatment options, which touch on everything from checkups and fillings to cosmetic procedures. General dentists are thus, the most common oral health physician and the most well known. While many general practices to offer more in-depth treatments, it will all depend on the individual physician and the skills they have acquired.
This area places a focus on the dental pulp and periradicular tissue. Physicians will study normal pulp in addition to the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases associated with it. Practitioners will generally offer root canal surgery, especially in cases where the case is severe.
Oral And Maxillofacial Pathology
These are ADA specialties which merge the areas of pathology and dentistry into one unique treatment area; the focus being diseases affecting the maxillofacial and oral regions. This will ultimately include courses and causes of these diseases, in addition to research and diagnosis through examination.
Pediatric dentistry is an area that places focus on infants, children and adolescents. It involves both therapeutic and preventative care, and includes dental care for those with special needs. This line of dentistry works to ensure younger patients the quality care they need to achieve and maintain appropriate oral health early on.
This branch manages the support of the tooth structure, and involves the treatment to conditions and diseases that work to impact these particular regions. Many of these conditions have various manifestations, however common forms include gingivitis, which works to deteriorate the bone and tooth area over time. As such, periodontics encompasses the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of these diseases.
This area tends to focus primarily on patients with missing or decayed teeth. Physicians who specialize in this line of work generally offer implants, tooth reconstruction treatments, and esthetic procedures in hopes to restoring the functionality of the patient’s teeth and support areas. Prosthodontics includes the diagnosis of issues, in addition to the rehabilitation of the areas affected.
Before choosing a dentist, be sure to ask yourself what you are looking for in an oral health practitioner. Are you planning on using them for general dentistry purposes, or do you require orthodontic care as well? Do you have children whom might benefit from the attention of a certified pediatric specialist?
If you’re unsure of what services a particular practice offers, the best thing to do is ask. Most practices will be very upfront about the areas they are qualified to treat, and may even be able to point you in the direction of someone who can better assist you in cases where they are ill equipped. This way you’ll find the best dentists.