Pediatric Dentistry: Dental Care for Children and Infants
At Happy Dental, we understand that it can be challenging to instill healthy oral habits in children, and we strive to educate the whole family. With this in mind, we are committed to providing the latest, most advanced dental treatments, including a strong emphasis on preventive dentistry. Teaching your children proper dental hygiene is important to do at an early age. We are here to help your children learn the process of keeping their smiles healthy and teaching them critical dental habits.
Your child’s first primary or baby teeth will begin to erupt between the ages of six and 12 months, and will continue to erupt until about age three. During this time, your child’s gums may feel tender and sore. To help alleviate this discomfort, we recommend that you soothe the gums by rubbing a clean finger or a cool, wet cloth across them. You may also choose to make use of a teething ring. When your child has finished teething, you can expect a total of 20 primary teeth. Permanent teeth will start coming in at age 6.
Starting Them Off Strong
As soon as your child’s teeth start coming in, you should be paying close attention to them. Examine them every two weeks and keep an eye out for lines or discoloration, which may indicate the start of tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks can easily attack new teeth, so it’s important that your child brushes after eating.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and limit the amount of toothpaste you use to the size of your child’s fingernail. Children under 2 should not use fluoride toothpaste unless recommended by a doctor or dentist.
How To Prevent Cavities In Your Children’s Teeth
Children are at high risk for cavities simply because they don’t tend to practice good oral hygiene habits. Getting your child into good habits will be the best thing you can do for their long-term oral health. Regular check ups at our office will also be necessary to keep their teeth strong and healthy. We may recommend sealants to protect your child from getting cavities in the hard-to-clean spots between teeth.
What Types of Treatments Do Pediatric Dentists Provide?
Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care that includes the following:
- 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)