Pediatric dentistry is a specialized field of dentistry revolving around the
dental care of children. A pediatric dentist has taken specialized classes in
his field and thus has additional training beyond that of most regular or
general dentists. The pediatric dentist’s education allows him to determine the
best treatment options for a child’s dental problems.
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
A pediatric dentist provides many kinds of dental treatment for
children, ranging from routine dental care – such as cleanings – to
x-rays, examinations and working to determine if a child’s jaw and teeth
are developing properly. For most pediatric dentists, there is a lot of
emphasis on preventative dental care. This is because early intervention
and proper dental care at home can decrease the likelihood that a child
will develop dental problems, such as cavities or orthodontic problems,
as he or she progresses into adolescence and then adulthood.
Your child’s pediatric dentist will likely spend a lot of time with
your child, teaching how to properly care for the teeth and gums. This
dental education at an early age can stay with the child for a lifetime,
establishing regular, healthy dental habits such as flossing and proper
tooth brushing. The pediatric dentist may also choose to perform
procedures such as tooth sealants, which are applied to permanent molars
to prevent cavities.
Pediatric Dentists Comfort Children
We all know that some adults have an excessive fear of visiting the
dentist. Some children experience the same dread. A dental office can be
a scary place for a child, with all of the specialized dental equipment
and the sounds made by some dental instruments. However, an experienced
pediatric dentist – your child’s pediatric dentist – knows how to work
with a frightened child, comforting them and relaxing them before
proceeding with an exam or any necessary treatment. A good pediatric
dentist will set your child at ease, explaining everything that is going
on, and never creating an atmosphere of fear.
A positive dental experience – especially for a young child – is
likely to result in the child growing into an adult who is comfortable
with routine dental care and who regularly gets dental checkups.
Establishing a good relationship with a pediatric dentist at a young age
means that your child is going to have fewer dental problems over time,
avoiding many of the dental pitfalls of his or her peers.
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