Pediatric dentistry is the area of dentistry that focuses on oral health of children, from infancy through adolescence. Dentists who provide pediatric care typically undergo specialized training in the areas of teeth development and other oral health concerns of young people.
Pediatric dentists are usually highly trained in helping young patients through dental anxiety, dental phobias, and dental fears. Children often require a special approach when it comes to sedation, so pediatric dentists are trained in the best and most effective techniques for very young patients.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have their first dental visit when their first tooth erupts or when they're 12 months old, whichever comes first. Tooth decay is a very common issue in young people today, but it doesn't have to be if parents are proactive about regular dental visits. By beginning dental checkups at an early age, tooth decay and cavities can be prevented.
Early dental visits also allow the dentist to keep track of emerging issues such as bite and alignment problems. The earlier these types of issues are identified, the easier they may be to correct. Children with good oral health habits grow into adults with healthy teeth.
It may seem challenging to brush a baby's teeth, especially when they only have a few of them. However, it's especially important to keep the infant's mouth and gums clean during tooth development. Brushing a baby's teeth is as simple as using a soft cloth dampened with lukewarm water. Rub the cloth gently over the gums and teeth for a thorough cleaning. As children start to develop more teeth, a child-sized toothbrush with soft bristles can be used, along with a toothpaste recommended by the dentist.
Good dental education is a joint effort between pediatric dentists and parents. Parents can learn the best brushing techniques from the dentist, and then practice them at home with their children as they grow. Toothbrushes should be replaced 3-4 times a year. Children should see the dentist twice a year to maintain the best oral health.
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