When children are about two and a half years of age, it is recommended that they visit a pediatric dentist, for this is the time when they start to learn and pick up the valuable lessons about the human body, denture and health, even though they may not know it! In a pediatric dentist’s office, any problems in these baby teeth including tooth decay, malformation and other dental health problems can be identified and resolved immediately. Children have baby teeth before they shift to the permanent teeth. These baby teeth are also prone to tooth decay and all kinds of dental issues. This period lasting three to six months is important, as this is the time in which kids begin to develop their milk teeth. Ideally they should learn about caries, methods for caries detection and prevention, the proper way to brush teeth, and how to maintain all round dental health and well being.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist is the person who attends to children’s dental health problems. A pediatric specialist would have undergone formal training from an academy of pediatric dentistry and knows the special care that needs to be undertaken while attending to children and their medical issues. Dealing with children follows a different set of rules than when dealing with adolescents or adults, and a good pediatric dentist will know how to relate to the children, and get his message across in a fun and educational way. At our office, a lot more things other than dental cleaning are carried out. For instance, a dentist pediatric provides counsel for parents and advises them on how to get their children to get rid of their bad habits, such as sucking the thumb. Though this might only be a childhood habit, it has the potential of creating quite a few problems such as misaligned teeth, improper growth of teeth, premature falling of teeth and so on. A pediatric dentist also attends to chipped teeth and similar dental problems encountered when dealing with children. Similarly, carrying out fluoride treatments to clean the children’s teeth is quite a routine procedure in any pediatric dental practice nowadays. The most important responsibility of our team in pediatric dentistry comes with the fact that we teach young kids about how to care for their own teeth by brushing regularly and in the right way, flossing regularly and also eating the right kind of food that is rich in nutrition., This way, a pediatric dentist teaches the children how to nurture their teeth at a very young age and thus sets the foundation for years to come.