A pediatric dentist has done years of specialized study in the development of teeth and gums starting from the very first tooth to adulthood. When your child visits a pediatric dentist on a regular basis, many serious dental problems can be avoided. Your child may also have a positive experience at the dentist’s from a very young age that will last well into the future.
How Can Children Benefit from a Pediatric Dentist?
Until all of the adult teeth have grown in and the baby teeth are gone, a person’s jaw, gums and teeth are still developing. Our pediatric dentist has been trained to see how the baby teeth are positioned in the gums and if they are erupting at the right time and place. This may help prevent the need for orthodontic treatment or allow for treatment early before any problem becomes urgent.
Pediatric dentists are trained to interact with children in a positive way. They have learned methods to assuage concerns and help the child be happy to visit the dentist’s office. Our pediatric office is designed to cater to children with activities that keep them engaged while they wait. The support staff, including dental assistants and receptionists, are also trained to work with children.
How Can Parents Benefit from a Pediatric Dentist?
There are many things a parent can do to help prevent cavities in young children. Our pediatric dentist will educate parents on cleaning an infant’s first teeth, flossing a toddler’s teeth, and how to teach a child good brushing habits.
What is the Importance of Baby Teeth?
Baby teeth are very important for speech development and proper nutrition. Children need to learn to chew their food in order to get the nutrients they need for strong bones and muscles as well as their growing brains. If the baby teeth are painful, the child may avoid hard food such as nuts and stick to soft food. Baby teeth are also placeholders for adult teeth, so they don’t shift position and cause overcrowding or gaps between teeth.
Contact Us Today for Further Information
When you bring your child to our pediatric dentist, you can get an idea of your child’s overall oral health and may prevent more serious problems from developing in the future. To learn more, we encourage you to get in touch and make an appointment with Hillfield Pediatric & Family Dentistry! Here at our office in Layton, UT, our devoted and friendly staff will be happy to welcome you and your child, address any questions or concerns you may have, and get your child on the road to oral health. Contact us today to set up your consultation!