Pediatric dentistry is an area of dentistry that treats the oral healthcare needs of children. Dentists provide regular checkups, cleanings and fluoride treatments, and overall oral treatment and care for children's teeth. They also commonly apply sealants to children's teeth to prevent cavities.
A dentist provides overall oral care for children, including treatment for:
- Teeth defects
- Dental injuries
- Malocclusion (misaligned teeth)
- Gum disease
- Speech-related disorders
- Tongue tie (restricted frenulum)
- Oral conditions related to other diseases or underlying conditions
- Mouth guards for sports
Dental appointments for children are important not only to evaluate tooth and gum health, but to educate them on preventing dental problems throughout their lives. A child should have her or his first dental exam about six months after the first tooth erupts from the gums, and should visit a dentist every six months thereafter.
During a first dental visit, the dentist will examine the child's teeth for decay and other dental problems. The dentist may ask the accompanying caregiver about thumb-sucking or pacifier habits, and overall dental health. The dentist will then advise the caregiver and child about proper oral care, which includes brushing, flossing and fluoride treatments. A follow-up visit is usually scheduled for six months later, beginning the dental-maintenance process that will help to ensure good oral health throughout the child's life.
We offer an environment that has been designed to make them feel comfortable. If you have any questions about your child's dental needs, feel free to ask next time you're in the office.