Pediatric dentistry, as the name suggests, deals with the oral care and treatment of infants, children, and teenagers.
Children, up to the age of about 6 to 8 years, wouldn’t be able to take care of their own oral health. Parents must make sure to brush their child’s teeth for them and stay aware of any unexpected developments in their mouth that could upset their oral health.
This is where pediatric dentistry comes into the picture, as we would provide professional treatment to help your children get rid of their oral conditions. Also, educating parents on how to take care of their child’s oral health at home is a part of pediatric dentistry. Our expert dentists are the very best when it comes to handling young patients. We make sure your child stays calm and comfortable during the entire procedure by treating them in a friendly way, which also helps us to treat them better.
The best thing parents can do to make sure their child doesn’t get cavities or any other oral infection is by ensuring they brush and floss their teeth at least twice a day. Also, the consumption of foods rich in sugar should be limited to a minimum. The consumption of chocolates, gummy bears, pastries, candy, and other foods rich in sugar isn’t, in itself, the main culprit. But, how long the sugary residue stays on the surface of the teeth would influence the formation of cavities.
Choose a soft bristle toothbrush for your child so that it doesn’t harm their soft gums. A toothpaste rich in Fluoride
(preferably approved by the ADA) should be chosen as it helps the teeth stay strong against cavities. Make sure all the teeth are brushed thoroughly without leaving out any food debris in between them. Also, ensure your child gurgles their mouth after eating anything sweet, as the glucose residues could act as food for the microbes in the mouth.
Along with the right oral care at home, taking your child to the dentist for regular dental consultations is very important. This allows us to check for cavities, gum diseases, any hidden infections, the onset of malocclusion, tartar accumulation, etc.
In case we suspect any hidden cavities or tumors, we may have to take an x-ray of the mouth to get a better view. If there are any cavities, they will be disinfected and suitable filling material will be applied to it. Fluoride treatment may be given to strengthen the teeth and increase their immunity towards cavities. If we notice the onset of malocclusion, the appropriate treatment will be given to make sure the teeth come back to their right alignment. In the case of infants, an orthodontically right pacifier will be given to counter thumb-sucking. Plaque and tartar deposits will also be gotten rid of to improve oral health and to prevent gum diseases and cavities.
Call us at (262) 886-9440 to schedule an appointment to know more about pediatric dentistry.