What is a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist specializes in children’s oral health, starting from infancy up to the teenage years. These professionals are experienced in caring for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth as they go through their childhood years.
What makes pediatric dentistry important?
Baby teeth usually erupt during the first six months of life. Primary teeth will start falling off when a child reaches the age of six or seven and will then be replaced by permanent or secondary teeth. Without proper dental care, children can be at risk for tooth decay and other oral diseases that may cause pain and lead to a series of complications. Dental caries among children are even five times more common than asthma.
When should my child have his first dental visit?
It is recommended to bring your child to the dentist as soon as he or she gets his or her first tooth, which can be as early as his sixth month of life.
What should I expect from my child’s first dental visit?
Your child’s first dental appointment should be simple and short. This is when the dentist gives you basic information about taking care of your child’s dental health. The dentist will also check your child’s teeth and look for possible gum and jaw problems. A bit of cleaning can also be done when necessary.
What will I do to prepare my child for the first dental visit?
The best way to prepare your child for his first dental visit is to maintain a positive attitude. Don’t make negative remarks about your trips to the dentist, as they can be picked up by your child. This could build fear and anxiety in your child. Teach your child about the importance of keeping our teeth and gums healthy. Parents do not need to worry about their child’s appointment to the dentist too. Pediatric dentists are trained to handle anxious pediatric patients.
What is the best way to take care of my child’s baby teeth?
Even when your child’s first baby tooth has not erupted yet, it is important to clean his gums after every feeding using a soft, damp washcloth. When the first tooth appears, a toothbrush with soft bristles may already be used. There are toothbrushes that are specifically designed for infants and can be bought at your local drugstore.