Good dental hygiene starts early. You should have your child see a pediatric dentist when his or her teeth come in. Pediatric dental care is an important part of keeping your child healthy. Although baby teeth fall out, any damage to them can affect your child’s adult teeth. Plus, the dentist will help you and your child develop better habits for a lifetime of quality self-care. Here is what you need to know about pediatric dental care.
Pediatric dentistry is different from adult dentistry. Much of the work that pediatric dentists do is focused on preventing future problems. For example, a cavity in a baby tooth can also cause a cavity in the adult tooth that is meant to replace it. By seeing the pediatric dentist regularly, you can help your child avoid problems related to bad dental hygiene.
Pediatric dentists also help correct tooth and jaw malformations. A pediatric dentist can treat tongue ties and lip ties, which can make it difficult for babies to nurse comfortably. Pediatric dentists can also identify jaw and palate defects early and provide assistance in having them corrected as soon as possible.
Start Early in Life
Seeing a pediatric dentist will help your child develop better dental care habits from an early age. This makes it much easier to help your child have a lifetime of good dental health. The key to lasting dental health is prevention. There are many problems that your child could have, some of which can be avoided with proper care, and others with early intervention. Babies and toddlers are not too young to see the dentist.
Assessment of Alignment
Jaw misalignment can lead to a variety of problems, including a misaligned bite or speech difficulties. Pediatric dentists can measure your child’s jaw function and identify alignment problems. They can also help correct these problems with a range of invasive and non-invasive procedures. The sooner an alignment issue can be identified and corrected, the less likely it is that the issue will become a more serious problem.
Pediatric dentists also handle pediatric dental emergencies. Children are accident-prone and can damage their teeth easily. Having a good pediatric dentist on call means that you can seek immediate medical treatment to ease your child’s pain and discomfort. This also makes it easier to avoid more serious problems that can develop because you had to wait for treatment.
Schedule Twice a Year
Like an adult dentist, you should schedule appointments with a pediatric dentist at least twice per year. Your child’s teeth and jaw will change rapidly, especially in the very early years. Six months can lead to a lot of changes and your pediatric dentist always needs to do a thorough evaluation. Waiting longer than six months can give your child the time needed to develop a serious problem. Scheduling regular appointments ensures that your dentist has a chance to find problems before they become more serious and require more extensive treatment to correct.
Look for a Fun and Welcoming Office
Children are more likely to cooperate with a dentist that is fun and welcoming. This is why we work so hard to make every appointment at Woodhill Dental Specialities as enjoyable as possible. Call us at (214) 691-1172 to schedule an appointment for your child.