Children have certain specific needs when it comes to dental treatment. They require more vigilant monitoring to identify problems ranging from decay to misaligned teeth at an earlier stage, when the treatment is less invasive. To effectively treat these patients, a family dentist should have a solid knowledge base of problems unique to pediatric patients.
For example, preventive care is especially important for younger patients. Interventions such as fluoride treatments and sealants can help protect the teeth from cavities, and monitoring the child’s bite and alignment of the teeth can lead to early and effective orthodontic treatment.
Although some parents feel that the baby teeth aren’t important enough to warrant professional attention, dental care for children should begin much well before the permanent teeth come in. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first visit the dentist when the first tooth erupts or no later than the child’s first birthday.
In order to ensure that your child gets age-appropriate treatments, choose a family dentist with a significant amount of experience with pediatric patients as well as adults.
Children may also be more anxious about receiving dental treatment, and a dentist with expertise in working with this age group develops strategies to help patients overcome those fears.
Your dentist should also be able to recommend a home oral hygiene regimen that will keep your child’s teeth and gums in good shape. The dentist can offer guidance on topics like brushing the teeth and use of toothpaste and mouthwash.
Another important aspect of pediatric dental care is its foundational nature. Early dental interventions can prevent major problems from developing, and the right dentist can get your child started on a path toward a lifetime of good oral health.
Take your child to the dentist on a regular basis, and use those visits as opportunities to check in on your child’s progress and make sure that your child is on track toward a healthy mouth. Contact our experienced dental team at 718-417-4544 to schedule an appointment.