What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentist is an oral surgeon and dentist who is dedicated to the oral health of a child from infancy through the teen years. She / He has the experience to care for a childs teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.

What Types of Treatments Do Pediatric Dentists Provide?

Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care that includes:
  • Preventive Dental Care - including infant oral health examination, risk assessment for caries in mother and child, cleaning and fluoride treatments, nutrition and diet recommendations.
  • Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking), Orthodontic Services like early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite, Tooth Repair including treatment of tooth cavities or defects, Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder, Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth).

What should I use to clean my babys teeth?

Any soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head, preferably one designed specifically for infants, should be used at least once a day.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child may see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears.

Are baby teeth really that important to my child?

Primary, or "baby," teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.

How often does my child need to see the pediatric dentist?

A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health.

When should we begin using a toothpaste and how much should we use?

The sooner the better! Starting at birth, clean your childs gums with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water. As soon as the teeth begin to appear, start brushing twice daily using fluoridated toothpaste and a soft, age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a "smear" of toothpaste to brush the teeth of a child 2 years of age and younger. For the 3-6 year old, dispense a "pea-size" amount of toothpaste and perform or assist your childs toothbrushing. Remember that young children do not have the ability to brush their teeth effectively. Children should spit out and not swallow excess toothpaste after brushing.

What should I do if my child falls and knocks out a permanent tooth?

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist.

How can parents help prevent tooth decay?

Parents should take their children to the dentist regularly, beginning with the eruption of the first tooth. Then, the dentist can recommend a specific program of brushing, flossing, and other treatments for parents to supervise and teach to their children. These home treatments, when added to regular dental visits and a balanced diet, will help give your child a lifetime of healthy habits.