According to research, 60% of patients know and believe children should receive dental care. The irony is only 25% take their children to a dentist. Why is that? Fear and at times ignorance.
Did you know dental cavities in children begin before they ever eat their first candy or their first tooth appears? Yes, and this is due to bacteria buildup which leads to premature tooth loss.
Keep in mind, the primary teeth are space holders for permanent one and any premature loss will lead to teeth misalignment and use of braces in the future. That is why you need to see a pediatric dentist early to prevent any dental problems.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Although pediatric and family dentists are often confused, they are not the same.
Pediatric dentists receive the same education and training as general dentists. However, they also undergo two years of post-training after dental school. This Post-training equips the dentist with knowledge of treatment and management of a child’s teeth, behavior, physical growth and development, and special needs of pediatric dentistry.
Any dentist can handle your children’s dental needs, but our pediatric dental clinic has décor appealing to the kids to make them be at ease.
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
Our kids’ dentist is skilled in handling children. Their chief goal is to make the children comfortable and make their experience enjoyable. Furthermore, they also offer comprehensive oral health such as:
- Preventive dental care
- Infant dental exam that includes dental caries risk assessment for mother and child
- Habit counseling like pacifier use
- Repair of teeth cavities or decay
- Early assessment and orthodontic treatment for straightening the teeth
- Management of gum disease
- Diagnostic of the dental condition associated with diabetes or asthma etc.
- Care for dental injuries
What Happens at Your Child’s First Dental Visit?
Your child should visit the dentist before their first tooth erupts or their first birthday. Their first visit will be short, but it’s important as your child will have the chance to meet their dentist in a friendly and non-threatening environment.
Ensure that your child is not hungry and is well rested before the appointment. If your child suffers from anxiety, try to ease their worry by watching television shows about dentists to help them visualize what they are to expect.
During this dental checkup, our dentist will assess your child’s existing teeth for cavities or decay and also examine their gums, jaw, and bite.
They might also clean their teeth and examine their need for fluoride. Additionally, the dentist will educate you about oral health and dental developmental issues. Some of the topics discussed will include;
- Proper nutrition
- Good oral hygiene practices
- Developmental milestones
- Oral habits like lip and thumb sucking
- Fluoride needs
Good dental and oral hygiene starts when the child is an infant, and visiting your kids’ dentist regularly will ensure that your child’s primary teeth are free of decay and are healthy.
Plus, our dentist will teach the child the proper way to brush and floss to maintain their oral hygiene.
Practice Proper Oral Hygiene
As aforementioned, proper dental care begins at infancy. So, start incorporating the dental hygiene regimen right before the first tooth erupts, whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Start by wiping the gum with a soft and wet cloth. Also, purchase a toothbrush designed for babies which usually has a smaller head to fit in their mouths.
Furthermore, practice good eating habits. As a precaution, you should stay away from sugary and starchy foods. Ensure that your child doesn’t go to sleep while drinking juice or milk in their bottle.
Bacteria feed on sugar and the more sugar they consume, the higher the chances of developing cavities. Always ensure that your children brush their foods before going to bed.
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Your child’s primary teeth are important as they act as space holders, and maintaining their health will determine the strength and health of the permanent teeth.
At, Colony Dental we understand that your children’s dental health depends on their oral hygiene practices. That is why we give you a guide for oral care so that you can maintain excellent dental hygiene practice.