Dentistry for Kids
Dentistry for kids is important for many reasons. Early visits to the dentist helps them improve their self-awareness as they grow, and is thus a perfect preventive care mechanism. As they begin to have early dental examinations, they will become aware and are, therefore, able to practice good oral hygiene measures early on. It also enables them to develop strong and healthy teeth, avoiding any future complications, such as cavities and tooth decay. There is a reduced risk of developing diseases related to teeth problems like respiratory, cardiovascular, or diabetes with the help of early and close oral health monitoring. Dentistry for kids improves your child’s confidence, as they can smile knowing that their oral hygiene is in good shape.
When to Seek Dentistry for Kids
Children should begin seeing the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts. This is usually somewhere between six months to one year of age. The dentist will examine their mouth and teeth as they start to come in. As your child continues to develop their baby teeth, we will begin to do dental cleanings and fluoride treatments. When it comes to kids, a few things may differ from adult checkups. For example, the pediatric dentist may not perform an oral cancer screening on kids but rather carry out x-rays to see hidden dental problems.
If your child is experiencing tooth pain, that is another time they should come see us. Kids may have overgrown teeth on top of others due to late removal and require the doctor to get rid of the overgrown one, or they could be suffering from a cavity which could be causing the tooth pain.
Preparing Kids for Dental Appointments
Kids can sometimes have a phobia of visiting the dentist, as they fear it will be painful. Therefore, it is important to explain to them the necessity of dentistry for kids at a young age, so they can start to become familiar with visiting our dental office. Booking appointments for them starting from a young age could help ease their nerves.
Benefits of Dentistry for Kids
Pediatric dentists know how to treat kids with special needs, such as those with other developmental issues. Pediatric dentists must complete an additional two years of training after dental school to specialize in this field. This means they have more experience treating children than a general dentist does.
What Procedures Are Involved in Dentistry for Kids?
Once the dentist identifies any dental problems that require attention, kids will need to undergo the same procedures just like the adults. These procedures may include dental crowns, extractions in case of extreme tooth damage or decay, cleanings, and fillings among others. Each procedure is independent depending on the condition under treatment.
Pediatric dentists at our Century Dental practice are specially trained in working with kids, so you can be assured that your child will get the best possible treatment from people who love what they do. For more information about kids and dental health, contact us at (971) 708-1608. We also provide services in cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry.