Pediatric dentistry is a special branch of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of infants, children, and teenagers. Children need different approaches for their oral care than adults. They need more frequent dental visits than adults, and these visits focus on preventing dental problems, like tooth decay and teaching children how to care for their teeth.
Why Choose Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry that focuses on caring for children’s teeth. Pediatric dentists provide care that is meant to reduce a child’s risk for tooth decay or other dental issues. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to work with children and know how to communicate with children better.
Why Does My Child Need to See a Pediatric Dentist?
Children’s teeth are more susceptible to tooth decay than adult teeth. This is because many baby teeth have deep pits and grooves that trap food and bacteria. Also, children often do not practice good oral hygiene habits, such as daily brushing and flossing.
Other dental issues children may face include baby bottle tooth decay and teething problems. Baby bottle tooth decay refers to tooth decay in infants, which occurs when a baby is put to bed with a bottle. The sugar in the milk mixes with bacteria in the mouth, which leads to decay.
Tooth pain while teething is normal, but if your baby is in pain, a pediatric dentist can prescribe a pain reliever or recommend a medicated teething ring.
What Procedures Do You Offer?
At All Smiles Family Dentistry, our priority is to provide your child with a comfortable, anxiety-free dental experience.
We offer a variety of services to keep your child’s smile healthy, including:
- Preventive care
- Fluoride treatments
When Should Your Child See a Pediatric Dentist?
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children visit the dentist no later than age one. This first visit should be a short screening appointment designed to get your child used to the dental office.
- By age two, your child will likely need their first dental cleaning. The dentist will examine your child’s baby teeth for decay and alignment issues.
- Beginning at age three, the pediatric dentist will examine your child’s teeth for any signs of alignment issues.
- At around age four, children are typically ready for their first dental sealant. Dental sealants reduce your child’s risk of cavities and decay. Sealants and fluoride treatments are recommended every six months to protect your child’s teeth from cavities and decay.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevenson or Dr. Cyr, book online or call All Smiles Family Dentistry at (319) 553-3085.