When it comes to pediatric oral hygiene one of the most important things to remember is that taking care of your child’s teeth now will create a healthy future for them. Here a Lifestyle Dental, we realize that from the moment a child’s first tooth appears it does and will continue to serve a purpose throughout childhood.
Starting at around 6 months of age, your child will start to grow what will eventually be 20 primary teeth. One important function of primary (baby) teeth is that they act as place holders and guides for permanent teeth. Once a permanent tooth starts to erupt (grow out of) the crown of the permanent tooth will push against the roots of the primary tooth. This process stimulates the primary roots and causes them to resorb, or dissolve.
What is a Children’s Dentist?
A pediatric dentist, or child dentist, cares for a child’s oral health from infancy to their early teen years. Along with the four years of schooling dentists go through, pediatric dentists have two extra years of residency training with infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. Pediatric dentists know how to make children feel more comfortable during a visit. In addition, pediatric dentists use specially designed equipment for children’s smaller size and mouth.
Pediatric Dentistry Treatments
Pediatric Dentists offer many different treatments available for kids and teens. Before treatments however dentists aim the help prevent things like tooth decay, cavities, malocclusion, teeth grinding, and jaw irregularities. By checking for and solving these problems early a dentist can majorly improve upon a patient’s oral health. Some of the treatments we offer for children here at Lifestyle Dental are; Topical fluoride treatment, where the dentist will apply concentrated fluoride foam or gel to your child’s teeth in order to strengthen enamel.