Pediatric dentistry includes preventative services such as fluoride treatments, dental sealants and teeth cleaning to help prevent tooth decay. Potential future issues are often diagnosed because certain children have higher risks. The dentist must be equipped to deal with issues pertaining to children. This includes issues with development and teeth that are not fully formed. As the child grows, the dentist will recommend the number of dental check-ups necessary per year. In most cases, a visit to the dentist is recommended two times each year to help prevent issues including cavities. It is important to discuss the best possible schedule for the child.
If the child has medical conditions requiring a hospital or developmental issues, a pediatric dentist has the qualifications necessary for treatment. If the child has special needs that follow them into adulthood, the dentist will usually continue treating them once they have turned eighteen. This is because the dentist is familiar with their history, past procedures and treatments and understands the unique needs of the child.
A dentist trained in pediatric dentistry is more comfortable providing treatment for children and more familiar with many of the behavioral issues. This is especially true if the dentist treats a lot of families with small children.
The Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry
A pediatric dentist looks for cavities, oral health issues and signs of any tooth decay or gum decay. The cavities can be difficult to see because they can be hidden in obscure areas of the mouth. The specialized training enables the dentist to locate and treat these cavities. Children are taught the proper way to brush and floss their teeth. Any oral health issues such as misaligned teeth or serious issues are effectively addressed and treated. The dentist provides a thorough cleaning of the child’s teeth, which cannot be achieved at home. Specialized devices are used by the dentist to remove the plaque to ensure the teeth are cleaner and brighter.
The dentist will provide tips for the parents to help their children floss and brush their teeth correctly. This often improves the process at home, lessening the common arguments regarding flossing and brushing the teeth on a daily basis.
If you are interested in pediatric dentistry for your child, please reach out to Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry for a personal consultation at our office in Layton. Contact us today to book an appointment and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!