Pediatric Dental Specialties
A pediatric dentist is a dentist who specializes in oral healthcare of children, from infancy through adolescents (18 years old). Our pediatric dentist is specially trained in child psychology so he can help alleviate a child's fears about having a dental exam or dental work performed. They are also specially trained to care for and treat a child who has a developmental disability.
In guiding children and teens through their dental growth and development, pediatric dentists often work closely with other dental specialists, pediatricians and family physicians to provide comprehensive care.
We focus on:
The First Visit
Getting an early start with regular dental care is an important step to helping your child learn healthy lifetime habits. The first visit should take place shortly after the first tooth appears and no later than your child's first birthday. At the first visit, generally you hold your child on your lap while the dentist:
- Performs a tooth decay risk assessment.
- Talks about a home preventive care program including brushing, flossing, diet and the importance of fluorides.
- Goes over information about early childhood cavities which could be caused by diet.
- Discusses the latest news about finger, thumb and pacifier habits.
- Talks about what you need to know to help prevent injuries to the mouth and teeth.
- Gives you information about growth and development.
Did you know that 80 percent of tooth decay occurs in only 20 percent of the population? Your dental health is usually a good indicator of how your child's teeth will progress. During your visit, we'll talk with you to determine how at risk your child is. If your child is low-risk, he/she may not need to come back to the dentist until age three. High-risk children may need to come in every three months. The majority of children should be seen by a dentist every six months.
A tooth can be chipped or fractured during an accident or a bad fall. A tooth that is chipped or not badly fractured can usually be handled on a nonemergency basis. A tooth that is badly fractured may have exposed nerve tissue inside the tooth. In this case, immediate attention is needed to avoid infection, abscess and pain.
A permanent tooth that is knocked out can sometimes be reimplanted. In most cases, only permanent, adult teeth are reimplanted into the mouth. Baby teeth are usually left out.
Immediately contact your dentist when a tooth is broken or knocked out. If you can find the tooth after the accident or injury, bring it with you when you seek medical help.