A pediatric dentist is a medical practitioner that specializes in the care, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral health issues in children. The field of pediatric dentistry works with children from the time they are infants until they reach adulthood. The goal is to provide children with the tools and knowledge to have a healthy smile for a lifetime.
Your baby’s first visit to the dentist should occur around the age of one. However, you should schedule a visit to the dentist within six months of your baby’s first tooth erupting. This will set you and your baby up for a lifetime of good oral hygiene practices throughout childhood and adulthood. Visit Restoration Smiles: Adult & Pediatric Dentistry, for the best dental care.
What Services Do Pediatric Dentists Provide?
Most oral health issues can be prevented by regular teeth cleanings. These cleanings are performed by dental hygienists and are an essential step in your child’s oral health care routine. During a teeth cleaning, plaque and tartar will be removed from your child’s teeth and gums to prevent cavities and other issues like gum disease. This is necessary before other procedures can be performed on the patient’s teeth.
Sealants are thin coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of your child’s back teeth to prevent the accumulation of food particles and plaque to help prevent cavities. To apply sealants, we first clean the teeth and apply the sealant material to the teeth. We then harden the material with a curing light. Sealants last up to ten years before they need to be reapplied or replaced. In addition to helping prevent cavities, sealants protect these teeth from harmful acids and bacteria.