Most parents would agree that nothing is more important than the health of their children. That is why pediatric dentistry play such an important role in the dental health and wellness of children of all ages. Taking care of your children’s teeth and teaching them to take care of their teeth is paramount when it comes to long term dental health and wellness. Keep in mind that baby teeth are only temporary, but damage can still occur even in these tiny teeth. A specialist in pediatric dentistry focuses on the uniqueness of children’s teeth as compared to the teeth of adults. They are qualified and experienced in working with all of the unique aspects of teeth that are constantly developing, growing and changing. One of the first steps in achieving success when working with children’s teeth is simply making sure that kids are comfortable with their dentist.
Educating Both Children and Adults
As can be expected, many children have apprehension, fear and concern when it comes to visiting the dentist. An experienced pediatric dentist will put children at ease and make the entire experience fun and interesting. It is also important to note that a pediatric dental care provider is tasked with educating both children and adults on how to properly care for teeth as they develop in young children. Perhaps most concerning of all with young developing teeth is that they are highly susceptible to dental cavities. Some dentists may recommend sealants as a way to reduce the incidence of cavities while others may recommend fluoride treatment as required.
Small Teeth that are Emerging and Breaking Skin in the Gums
Perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of this type of dentistry is dealing with infants and small babies as their teeth begin to emerge. New parents are particularly susceptible to confusion and uncertainty when dealing with emerging teeth in a young infant. Pain, discomfort and signs of aggravation are all common in infants that have small teeth that are emerging and breaking skin in the gums. Another concern that is often addressed in pediatric related dentistry is that of thumb sucking and the best practices with regard to using a pacifier. A dentist that focuses on the dental health of young children will also discuss with parents the healthiest diet options so that young children’s teeth are less susceptible to cavities. To learn more about pediatric dentistry talk with your Stockton pediatric dentist, Sajjad Rizvi, DDS at Happy Kids Dental today.