Did you know your child is at risk of developing a dental cavity way before the first tooth appears or eat their first candy? Simply because the child’s primary teeth have not developed, doesn’t mean they are immune to bacteria buildup. Due to the breastmilk—high in sugar, bacteria develops and grow in their gums, and without proper care can lead to premature tooth loss. Visiting a pediatric dentist will help prevent bacterial growth and protect your child from a cavity.
Confused on how to proceed with pediatric dentistry? Here are some common questions we get all the time.1. We already have a family dentist; do I still need a pediatric one?
Having a family dentist is great, at least your other family members’ dental needs are met. However, family and pediatric dentists are different. For instance, family dentists are trained in general dental treatments and may not necessarily have training on children’s dental needs. A pediatric dentist has specialized training that touches on the different problems that children have, which are very different from adults.
Furthermore, they have been trained in psychology and how to make a child calm and relaxed—an important skill to possess. Your pediatric dentist can detect dental problems way before the first tooth erupts.2. When is the right time for my child to visit a dentist?
You should take your child to the dentist before their first birthday or six months after the first tooth emerges. This is the right time for the dentist to examine the mouth, jaw, and bone development of the mouth. Early visits help the dentist to detect any dental problem.
Furthermore, the child can start to relate with the dentist early which will create a lasting relationship.3. Why should my child visit the dentist; they will eventually lose the primary teeth anyway?
Yes, they will, but the primary teeth serve as place holders for the permanent ones. Any premature loss of the baby teeth not only affect the child’s dental structure, but will cause them to have either diastema, crowded, or malocclusion (tooth misalignment). As a result, the child will need braces and other orthodontic treatments later.4. How can I prepare for the dental visit?
At times children may be uncooperative and this will affect the result of the dental visit. So, present it as a fun activity by explaining the dental procedure to them. You can play videos of dentists performing routine checkups on children. This way the child will know that the dentists are friendly people and help them remove any reservations they may have. Also, talk and reassure the child that the dentist and the entire staff are friendly people.5. What will happen in my child’s first dental visit?
The first dental visit is short with very little treatment. Our pediatric dentist will perform a general dental exam by checking the child’s teeth and gum for cavities. If need be, the dentist will clean bacteria and plaque buildup from the gum and teeth.
Our dentist will also educate you on the oral basics for children and discuss topics such as the development milestones, nutrition, teething, and fluoride needs.6. How can I protect my child’s teeth?
Proper oral care is an integral part of preventive pediatric dentistry. So, ensure your child brushes their teeth in the morning and after meals. If you have an infant, clean their gums with a damp cloth. Additionally, start brushing the teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush as soon as the first tooth appears.
Limit your child’s sugar intake as bacteria feed off it. Try to avoid juice intake at night and ensure they brush their teeth right before sleeping. Plus, ensure your child doesn’t sleep with a feeding bottle in their mouth.
Healthy oral hygiene begins when the child is an infant. Teach them the importance of dental hygiene and checkups.
Don’t wait until your child has dental cavities to visit a pediatric dentist. Start today by scheduling an appointment or visit Plaza Family dental in Peoria, AZ.