A Pediatric dentist treats children from birth through adolescence. Pediatric dentists have skills tointeract with infants and children, and this makes visits comfortable and easy for both the parent and child. Finding that perfect pediatric dentist is important, and helps to set the tone for good oral hygiene.
Pediatric dentists provide many procedures and treatments to help keep your child’s teeth and mouth developing properly and feeling great.
Common Pediatric Dentistry Services
- Cleanings and exams
- Fluoride treatments
- Dental sealants
- Deep cleaning
- Fitting oral appliances such as mouth guards
- Surgical procedures including tooth extractions, tooth implants, gum surgery and tissue
- Treatments to restore damaged teeth such as fillings, crowns, and root canals
What Surgeries Does a Pediatric Dentist Perform?
Pediatric dentists perform surgeries that include implants, tooth extractions, gum surgery, and tissuegrafts. If your child has been recommended for oralsurgery,and the surgery required is not a commonsurgery done by your pediatric dentist, they will refer you to an oral surgeon. Typically if the surgeryinvolves impacted teeth higher in thegum line,or other areas that are not easy to reach an oral surgeonis required.
Pediatric dentists must complete three or more years of undergraduate education,as well as graduatewith either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). In addition,pediatricdentists must complete an additional 2-3 years of specialized training specifically for diagnosing andtreating children.
Pediatric dentists should be seen when an infant gets his or her first tooth or no later than one year old.Attending regular exams and cleanings every six months sets the tone early on,and teaches children at ayoung age how to care for their teeth. How often your child needs to be seen depends on their dentalneeds and level of plaque buildup.
Practicing good oral hygiene habits at home and eating a healthy diet canhelp teach your child how totake great care of their teeth and mouth. Establishing a good relationship with your dentist is important,and gives your dental teamthe opportunity tomonitor your child’s development and get in front of anyissues.
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