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Children Dentistry: All About Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is a specialization of dentistry that deals with the oral health of children from infancy stage through the teenage years. To be a pediatric dentist, the minimum requirements are minimum educational background of four years of dental school and additional two years of pediatric dentistry residency training. Pediatric dentistry is a specialization taking care of teeth, gums and overall oral health of infants, children, teenagers and children with special needs. Children start to get their baby teeth as early as the first six months of life, and by the age of 6 or 7 years, they start losing their first set of teeth, which are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Children face potential tooth decay and gum disease as a result of poor oral hygiene and dental care, causing possible lifetime pain and complications.

Pediatric dentists provide a comprehensive oral health care to infants, children and teens such as habit counseling and intervention (thumb-sucking and pacifier use), correction of improper bite and straightening teeth, infant oral health examination, preventive cleaning measures and fluoride treatments, recommendations on proper nutrition and diet, tooth cavities and defects repairs, diagnosis of oral diseases associated with other acute and chronic conditions like heart defect, asthma and diabetes, gum disease management, and care and treatment for dental injuries. When is the perfect time for children to first visit a pediatric dentist? For prevention of dental problems, children should visit a pediatric dentist as the first tooth appears, or no later than his or her first birthday. A child should visit a pediatric dentist at least once every six months or as recommended to prevent tooth cavities and other oral problems.

When it comes to using toothpaste or basic oral care, start the sooner the better. Start oral care at birth, cleaning the child’s gums with cloth and water, or a soft infant toothbrush. Brush your baby’s teeth using a soft and age-appropriate toothbrush with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste twice daily as soon as they erupt. The amount of fluoride toothpaste should be increased to a pea-size once your child reaches 3 to 6 years of age, and perform or assist while brushing because they don’t have the full capability to perform the right techniques yet. When children reach 9 to 10 years old, you can start introducing adult toothbrush because this is when adult teeth erupts. When your child complains toothache, have your child gargle and rinse with a warm salt water and you apply cold compress on the face that is swollen as an emergency measure, then finally see a pediatric dentist as soon as possible. For any problems on your child’s teeth, we can help you with that. We specialize in pediatric dentistry.

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