Children have different needs from adults due to the development of their teeth. A pediatric dentist takes additional training to focus on the development of young teeth and the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. Pediatric dentists also specialize in dealing with anxiety and fear specific to children and in child dental sedation.
Tooth decay is the most common dental problem among children in the United States. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommend starting regular dental visits by age one, or when the first tooth appears. Early checkups help prevent cavities, tooth decay, and can catch potentially bigger problems before they start. Pediatric dentists provide early screening for bite and alignment issues which may need orthodontic treatment in the future. The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will be as adults.
The mouth and gums of infants should be kept clean from birth. It essential that at the first signs of baby teeth coming through you begin good oral hygiene practices and cleaning your baby’s teeth. Using a soft cloth with warm water gently clean teeth and gums. A small toothbrush with soft bristles can be used as more teeth present themselves. Ask your pediatric dentist which toothpaste would be best. It is important to prevent early tooth decay so be vigilant with the cleaning of your baby’s teeth.
Educate your children on good dental hygiene as early as possible. From infancy into later adolescent years, proper supervision should take place. Some options include: