Pediatric Dentistry is a field of dentistry that is exclusively devoted to children. The dentist uses the latest procedures and technological advances to meet the growing needs of the children. Many challenges in pediatric dentistry are not only related to technical skills but also in the way of making the child feel comfortable and calm, which an experienced dentist excels in.
What are the steps that you can follow to prevent tooth decay in children?
In order to prevent tooth decay children, follow the steps below:
- Do not let your baby sleep with a bottle containing juice or milk. They cause early childhood cavities.
- Begin the habit of brushing in children once a tooth begins to erupt.
- Supervise your children while they brush.
- Do not allow your child under two years old to use fluoride toothpaste.
- Assist your child in brushing teeth until he/she turns six.
What is the diagnostic care given by the pediatric dentist?
The dentist uses digital dental X-rays to see the status of developing teeth. It also helps in effectively tracking the progress of previous dental procedures and identify any small changes in teeth that occur over time. Digital dental X-rays for children also help in detecting the presence of tooth decay, gum disease, tumors, cysts, and extra teeth.
Regular dental exams are performed for dental cleanings and check-ups that are recommended once every six months. Regular oral examinations will help in protecting against gum disease, tooth loss, and any other dental problems in children. Dental exams for children might also involve periodontal screening and TMJ screening.
Is sedation dentistry safe for children?
Sedation dentistry is considered safe for children by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. It is an effective way of making children comfortable during the dental visit. Before administering any form of sedation or anesthesia to your child, the sedation dentist talks to you about the whole process of sedation and pre and post-sedation instructions. The dental procedures such as dental fillings like composite resin fillings or ceramic fillings, crowns, root canals, and tooth extractions require sedation dentistry for children.
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