If you want to improve your chances to maintain tip-top oral health for years to come, it's best to start young. At River City Dentistry, pediatric dentists provide treatment and preventive dentistry that helps combat oral health issues common to young people. Pediatric dentists are specially trained in the field of child psychology and make visits to the office fun for your child.
Pediatric Dentistry Q & A
Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health needs of children from birth through adolescence. At River City Dentistry, pediatric dentists with specialized training care for children, including those with special needs including autism, varying levels of mental disability, and cerebral palsy.
At the heart of a pediatric dentist’s practice is an understanding of child psychology. Part of the unique training pediatric dentists undergo helps them create a friendly, fun, and social atmosphere for children visiting the office.
Dental phobias often take hold in childhood and worsen into adulthood. Having a good experience at the dentist starting at a young age is an important part of developing a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.
Pediatric dentists place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of your child’s baby teeth, which are instrumental in creating good chewing habits and proper speech. They also hold space for permanent teeth.
Other vital functions that pediatric dentists perform include:
Pediatric dentists educate your child on proper oral health and hygiene practices using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology to emphasize the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy.
Pediatric dentists track growth and development, which allows them to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen and harm your child’s self-esteem.
Pediatric dentists provide regular check-ups, dental cleanings, and services like in-office topical fluoride treatment for young teeth. They also advise parents on the potentially damaging effects of at-home factors, including thumb-sucking, pacifiers, and secondhand smoke.
In some cases, pediatric dentists may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. When dealing with an oral injury, bite problems, or teeth grinding, pediatric dentists can fit space maintainers or a nighttime mouth guard, or recommend reconstructive surgery.
One of the easiest things you can do with your child at home to help with oral care is serving a well-balanced, nutritious diet. Avoid sugary snacks that erode tooth enamel, gum tissue, and bone.
Your pediatric dentist can also provide demonstrations on brushing and flossing, as well as tips on how you can make the practices more fun at home. Proper brushing and flossing during childhood help minimize the risk of early cavities.