Is there a reason to choose a pediatric dentist for my child?
Many general dentists see children, but they are not specialists in pediatric dentistry. A pediatric dentist undergoes several years of specialized training explicitly related to the growth and development of a child’s mouth, teeth, and jaw. A pediatric dentist understands normal growth patterns and knows when something is not progressing correctly. A pediatric dentist is an optimal choice for infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents.
Is my child too young to see a dentist?
If your child is a year old or has at least one erupted baby tooth, it’s not too early to visit a pediatric dentist. Bringing your child to regular dental visits from a young age helps them get used to visiting the dentist and sets them on a path towards optimal oral health for life.
What about fluoride? Is it safe for children?
Fluoride strengthens teeth and makes them less susceptible to decay. During your child’s appointment, we provide advice on the importance of fluoride and how to use it in their daily dental routine. Additionally, fluoride treatments in a dental office are safe for children.
What should I do if my child is in an accident?
If your child sustains a facial injury that affects a tooth or multiple teeth, it’s important to act calmly but quickly. First, try to recover any teeth or fragments of teeth that have completely fallen out, and call our office right away for guidance. In extreme situations, go straight to the emergency room for treatment.
Do children need dental x-rays?
Just like adults, children benefit from periodic dental x-rays. A dental x-ray is an essential diagnostic tool for a dentist to see underneath the gumline and in between teeth. The frequency of x-rays depends on your specific child’s age, state of development, whether there is a history of decay, and other factors.
What about general anesthesia?
General anesthesia is recommended for patients who suffer from anxiety, extensive decay or are medically compromised. General anesthesia patients usually undergo treatment in a hospital setting, and not in a dental office. For some patients, there are alternatives to general anesthesia, but sometimes general anesthesia is the best option.
What are space maintainers and what do they do?
A space maintainer is a custom-tailored device that is used to maintain a space in a child’s mouth for a tooth that will erupt months or years later. Some space maintainers are removable, and others are permanently affixed in a child’s mouth until the space maintainer is no longer necessary.
Will preventive dentistry benefit my child?
Preventive dentistry for children includes regular visits to the dentist for a professional cleaning, dental x-rays, and a comprehensive exam by a pediatric dentist. If a problem is detected, it can be discovered and treated in its earliest stage. Preventive dentistry teaches children to adopt healthy dental habits from a young age. We want children to have healthy smiles that last for life.