Keeping children's teeth healthy is very important from the first years of life. As such, it is imperative that parents create routine to help care for a child’s first set of teeth. Children’s dentistry gives us the opportunity to help educate you and your child about the best ways to care for their teeth to avoid dental problems as they age. At , we have years of experience working with parents and children alike to make sure that those pearly whites, stay that way.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Children's dentistry is also called pediatric dentistry, which is a branch of dentistry focused on the oral health of children and adolescents up to 14 years of age. It is an area in which the professional focuses primarily on the prevention and treatment of behaviors and minor dental problems before they turn into bad habits and get out of control. Dental exams, cleanings, and fluoride treatments are the hallmark of pediatric dentistry, but that is not all it is limited to. We can always provide help with the removal of loose teeth and addressing any damage that might have occurred, such as chipped or cracked teeth, as well.
One of the big differences between pediatric and adult orthodontics is also the psychological approach to the patient. We need to establish a relationship with children and young people to make them feel safer and less frightened, especially in the case of young children. Moreover, the relationship with the parents is also very important, they will have to be advised and informed regarding all the tendencies and behaviors that go into proper prevention.
Another important aspect of children's dentistry is to teach and guide children and young people towards proper oral hygiene even as adults. Also, it is to help stress the importance of protecting milk teeth in children. The milk teeth, in fact, are not only used for chewing, but act as a guide for the growth of permanent teeth.
Oral Health Advice and Treatments for Children
In terms of prevention, there is not much difference between adult and children's routine. Children's teeth need the same care as an adult. So, the best thing is to teach them good oral hygiene, go in for regular visits and do visual inspections at home for chewing problems and possible occlusions, this way, if something seems off, you can get it addressed immediately.
One of the most common treatments for baby teeth is a fluoride treatment. This comes after a cleaning and or oral exam and involves us apply fluoride directly to the teeth themselves. This helps to strengthen the walls of the tooth and fortify the enamel. The fluoride treatment promotes the remineralization of the teeth, helping to fight bacteria and fight the acids that are formed on them. After the fluoride treatment has been applied, we will apply a sealant to help further protect the teeth.
If it has been awhile since your child has seen a dentist, contact Timothy H. Kindt, DDS at (480) 939-5818 to schedule an appointment today!