Pedodontics: The Importance of Dental Care for Infants and Children
Pedodontics is a specialized field of dentistry that focuses on the dental development of infants and children. The goal is to ensure that children maintain healthy teeth and gums as they grow. Here are some important things to know about pedodontics and dental care for children.
When Should Infants Start Seeing a Pedodontist?
It’s recommended that infants have their first dental examination six months after the appearance of their first milk tooth. After this initial visit, regular check-ups are necessary to monitor their dental development and ensure any issues are addressed in a timely manner.
How Often Should Children Visit the Dentist?
Regular dental check-ups are essential for children, even if they appear to have healthy teeth and gums. Ideally, visits should be spaced out every six months. However, if the child is at high risk for dental disease, such as if they have a history of cavities or if their teeth are misaligned, more frequent visits may be necessary, such as every three months.
At Tower Dental, we understand that many children are afraid of going to the dentist. Our pediatric dentists are skilled at easing children’s fears and making them feel comfortable. We make the first examination about interaction and breaking boundaries, using playfulness to help children feel at ease.
Preventive Treatments for Children’s Teeth
Preventive treatments can help keep children’s teeth healthy and avoid dental problems. Here are two examples of such treatments:
Dental Vaccines or Fissure Sealants: Dental vaccines or fissure sealants are a great preventive treatment option for children. This treatment involves applying a protective fluid filler that covers the creases and folds of the molars, which are prone to decay. This material is resistant to decay and helps protect children’s teeth from cavities.
Fluorine Application: Fluorine application is a safe and painless treatment that thickens the enamel using fluorine. This helps teeth resist decay. The fluorine is applied to the teeth using a special spoon, and the treatment has no side effects when applied in controlled doses.
In summary, regular dental check-ups and preventive treatments can help children maintain healthy teeth and gums as they grow. At Tower Dental, our skilled pediatric dentists are committed to providing the best possible care for your child’s dental health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.