Adults and children alike need to have their oral health taken good care of which means that good oral habits should start at a very early age through adulthood. Most of the time, there is just one particular dentist that the whole family goes to for all of the dental needs and that is the general dentist.
At Center One Dental, your and your child’s oral health are our number one priority which is why we recommend parents to have their children get their dental visit at a very early age. If you have kids or children, it is recommended to bring them to our pediatric dentist. A pediatric dentist is the one who has the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood. Without proper dental care, children can possibly face the consequences of lifelong pain and complications.
The following are the types of treatments that pediatric dentists provide:
- Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
- Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
- Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)
- Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
- Repair of tooth cavities or defects
- Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
- Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease
- Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth)
BENEFITS OF HAVING YOUR CHILD SEE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST
In many cases, children are being treated by general dentists. But if you are able to bring your child to a pediatric dentists, comprehensive oral health care can be provided such as infant oral health exams, habit counselling (e.g. use of pacifier and thumb sucking), diagnosis of oral conditions associated with some serious diseases like heart disease and diabetes, and care for dental injuries particular to children.
Children also need a special kind of care that requires more patience than what adults need, as they are not always able to be cooperative during dental visits and exams. Pediatric dentists are skilled and are experts on treating children while making them feel comfortable. In addition, they also have equipment in offices that are designed especially for children. You can be assured that they can provide the best possible care for your child’s oral health.
WHEN SHOULD YOU START?
It is essential that you let your child see a pediatric dentist at a very early time and if possible, this should be done within the first six months after the growth of the first tooth or after the child’s first birthday. Early visit and examination allows early detection of oral problems such as tooth decay. Also, another reason why it is important for possible oral problems to be discovered, is for the treatment to be administered as soon as possible.
PREVENTION OF ORAL DISEASES FROM HOME
Children are prone and vulnerable to various oral conditions and diseases. They are dependent on adults to take care of their health in all aspects, and health related behaviors are acquired and determined by their families. Parents, especially, have a vital role in protecting their children from acquiring oral disease and are responsible in making sure they receive immediate and prompt management.
Simple practices and habits can be done at home as early as the child’s first tooth appearance. It can be done with the use of a soft bristled toothbrush and small dab of toothpaste. As the child grows older, he or she should be encouraged to learn brushing their teeth with parent’s supervision and parent’s example.
Preventing oral diseases is rather less costly than curing detected problems, therefore it is essentially beneficial. This will also reduce suffering experienced by children, discomfort and lifelong complications.
And if you have concerns about your child’s dental health, you can always feel free to reach out to our pediatric dentists who are capable of giving a comfortable dental experience to your children, you can be assured that he or she will be given the best possible care.