What Is a Pediatric Dentist?
These special dentists have advanced training (two to three years of specialized training after dental school) to care for all areas of a child’s dental health and pediatric dental offices are designed for the comfort and safety of children.
Why Are the Primary Teeth So Important?
Since proper speech development is dependent on having healthy and fully developed teeth, it’s critical that baby teeth be taken care of. We recommend parents provide a proper diet and oral hygiene care at home and visit the pediatric dentist regularly.
What’s the Best Toothpaste for My Child?
Pick one that is recommended by the American Dental Association as shown on the box and tube. These toothpastes have undergone testing to ensure they are safe to use. Use only a smear of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) to brush the teeth if a child is less than 3 years of age. For children 3 to 6 years old, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and assist with your child’s toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively on their own. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing, as well.
Does Your Child Grind His Teeth at Night? (Bruxism)
When a child experiences changes such as a new environment, divorce, changes at school, etc. this stress can cause them to grind their teeth. Often, most cases of pediatric bruxism do not require any treatment. If damage is being done to the teeth (attrition), then a mouth guard may be recommended. Fortunately, most children outgrow bruxism.
What Is Pulp Therapy?
Please see our Pulpotomy service page.
What Is the Best Time for Orthodontic Treatment?
The first stage of orthodontic treatment begins with children ages 2-6 years old and is focused on underdeveloped dental arches and the premature loss of primary teeth. At this young age, an orthodontist would also analyze the child for harmful habits such as finger or thumb sucking. Most treatments that begin in this early stage help to prevent future orthodontic or orthopedic care.
When a child is 6 to 12 years old, they have most often developed their permanent incisor (front) teeth and 6-year molars. Orthodontists will then concentrate on jaw relationships and dental realignment concerns. During this second phase of treatment, hard and soft tissues are highly responsive to any orthodontic work; so, treatments begun at these ages are often highly successful.
Adolescent orthodontic care is designed to maintain all of a child’s prior alignment treatments. Their permanent teeth and final bite relationship is checked for proper structure. Retention of orthodontic care must be continually worked on and can be aided with retainers and a sense of awareness and responsibility.
Adult Teeth Coming in Behind Baby Teeth
Please see our Dental Extractions page.