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What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric Dentistry is concerned with the dental care and treatment of children and adolescence. Pediatric dentists deal with the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. They have the experience, qualifications, and patience to care for children’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
Pediatric Dentists go through 4 years of dental school, and an additional 2 years of residency training for infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, more than 50% of children will be affected by tooth decay before the age of five. It is therefore important to have your children visit the dentist for regular 6 month check ups to make sure they are not suffering from periodontal disease or tooth decay.
Starting Oral Hygiene Early
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday which gives the dentist a chance to look for early problems with your child’s teeth. Pediatric dentists specialize in treating children’s dental health and will talk to you about proper oral hygiene.
Proper oral care should start before the first tooth erupts. You should know how to maintain your child's oral health from birth. Keep your baby’s mouth healthy by wiping the gums with clean and damp cloth from birth until the child’s first year when a dental check up will then be necessary.
Help keep your child’s teeth healthy by using the 2-2-2 rule. This means visiting the dentist 2 times a year, and brushing and flossing 2 times a day for 2 whole minutes! Let children help choose their own toothbrush and tooth paste. They can pick the one that has a favorite color or character and their favorite flavor.
Visiting the dentist from a young age will help your child be more comfortable with the dentist you choose. It also establishes the good habit of regular dental checkups every 6 months. Everyone should see the dentist at least twice a year.
How to Find a Good Pediatric Dentist
Your your child's medical pediatrician can help you find a pediatric dentist near your home, work, our school. Many general & family dentists such as Dyer Dental Care enjoy treating children and are comfortable providing their dental care.
Once you've gotten the name of a dentist you want to try, meeting them in person and seeing the office can help you determine if they are the right fit for your child. Consider these questions from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Before the visit, ask the office:
Will They Need Their Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Wisdom teeth are the final and trickiest teeth to come in. To determine if your child’s wisdom teeth needs removing takes an expert dentist. For some kids, there is plenty of room in the mouth and wisdom teeth come in with only mild discomfort. However, wisdom teeth can also be impacted and place a child at risk for infections and decay so make sure to discuss this with their dentist.
At Dyer Dental Care we consider ourselves a partner with parents when it comes to the shared goal of promoting positive oral health experiences for the children. We love talking about teeth. Give us a call today at 915-566-9415 to find out the answers to all of your questions about protecting your child’s oral health. Schedule an appointment to bring in your child today!