Pediatric Dentistry Overview
Access to quality dental care is extremely important for pediatric patients. Children may be more susceptible to certain dental problems, like cavities, and a good relationship with a pediatric dentist can set the stage for a lifetime of good oral health.
Pediatric dental care may involve any number of treatments, including the following:
Routine care – Children need regular check-ups and professional cleanings just like their parents do, and generally on the same six-month schedule. This basic level of care helps to maintain your child’s good oral health, and semiannual visits allow our dentists to spot any signs of trouble when oral diseases like decay and gum disease are in their earliest, most treatable stages.
Sealants – Because tooth decay is the most common chronic health problem in children, sealants are often recommended. A sealant provides a protective coating, often on the large chewing surface of a molar, to reduce the chances of cavities. If your child has repeated cavities, our dentist may recommend a sealant.
Fluoride treatments – Fluoride treatments help to strengthen the teeth, and they are especially important for children with developing teeth. These treatments may be recommended for children with inadequate access to fluoride in their environments and/or those with unusually soft teeth.
Restorative dentistry – Children’s teeth are often damaged by decay or injury, and restorative dentistry can help to preserve the tooth when that happens. A small cavity may just need a filling, while a crown or even a root canal may be necessary to treat more advanced decay or severe trauma to a tooth. These procedures are performed right in our office for your child’s optimum comfort.
Dentists who focus their practice on pediatric patients are well-equipped to handle the unique needs and concerns of children.
Our office is also equipped to treat children with various special needs, who might feel increased anxiety at the sounds and sights at the dental office. These children may be especially resistant to having dental professionals examine and treat them. Many parents of special needs children opt for some sort of sedation to make the experience a more comfortable one.
Our practice also offers sedation to other patients who may have dental fears or even difficulty staying still to allow the dentists and hygienists to do their work. You can ask your child’s dentist for more details on sedation if you are interested in incorporating it into your child’s treatment.
A good pediatric dentist makes important contributions to your child’s overall well-being. Our office’s experienced and knowledgeable dentists, hygienists and staff will establish a productive, caring relationship with your child to start him or her down the path to decades of healthy smiles.