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Pediatric Dentistry Q & A
What Is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that works to prevent, diagnose, and treat oral health problems in children. Pediatric dentists have special training that allows them to provide comprehensive care for both primary (baby) and permanent teeth.
In addition, pediatric dentistry provides educational information. Taking your child to the dentist at an early age is a great way to establish good oral hygiene for life.
What Services Are Included In Pediatric Dentistry?
Skyline Smiles provides a wide variety of pediatric dentistry services,
including the following:
An oral exam is a routine screening used to check in on your child’s oral health. During an exam, Skyline Smiles uses a small, handheld mirror to closely observe your child’s gums, teeth, tongue, and lips. If they detect any problems, like cavities or gum disease, they can order X-rays and develop a custom care plan.
Professional teeth cleaning
Even if your child brushes and flosses daily, professional teeth cleanings are still important. During a teeth cleaning, your child’s dental hygienist removes plaque and tartar from under their gums and the surfaces of their teeth, polishes their teeth with gritty toothpaste, and flosses their teeth. If necessary, they can also administer fluoride treatment to lower the risk of cavities.
Oral X-rays are a diagnostic imaging technique used to provide detailed pictures of your child’s jaws, tooth roots, and alveolar bone. X-rays can detect cavities and impacted teeth, and help guide orthodontic treatment and oral surgery.
If your child has a history of cavities, they might benefit from dental sealants. Sealants are thin, protective coatings that prevent tooth decay. Skyline Smiles applies sealants to your child’s teeth during a quick outpatient procedure.
If your child has a misaligned jaw or crowded and crooked teeth, consider orthodontics. Orthodontics uses appliances like braces, retainers, and palatal expanders to safely align your child’s smile.
If your child develops a deep cavity or severely damages a tooth, pediatric crowns can prevent further complications while restoring your child’s ability to bite and chew. By preserving a child’s baby teeth, it’s possible to prevent more serious oral health problems later on.
At What Age Should My Child First Visit The Dentist?
It is important that your child have their first dental visit at 12 months of age, or within 6 months of their first tooth showing. The professionals at Skyline Smiles will provide you with information regarding dental care and future appointments.
At What Age Should You Stop Seeing A Pediatric Dentist?
You can continue to see a pediatric dentist all throughout your early adolescent years. Even though pediatric dentists are trained and educated on general dentistry in addition to specializing in pediatric dentistry, pediatric dentistry focuses on dental services for babies, children, adolescents, and individuals with special needs.
A pediatric dentist focuses on providing dental services for children’s primary teeth, also known as milk teeth or baby teeth, as well as services for adolescent oral development dental matters. Although children’s adult teeth are typically formed between the ages of 12-14, they can continue seeing a pediatric dentist throughout their early adolescent years (normally till around the age of 18).
How Often Should I Schedule a Pediatric Dentistry Appointment?
Skyline Smiles recommends you schedule a pediatric dentistry appointment for your child every six months. This applies even if your child’s teeth and gums appear relatively healthy.
Gum disease and cavities don’t always have obvious side effects. Regular checkups can detect these and other problems when they respond best to treatment.
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