Pediatric Dentistry

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric Dentistry is dentistry for children.  Prevention and growth guidance is what differentiates a regular dentist from a pediatric dentist.

1995 A new definition is adopted for the specialty of pediatric dentistry by the ADA’s House of Delegates.

Pediatric dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

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Why Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is synonymous with dentistry for children. Pediatric dentistry exists because children have dental and orofacial problems. The genesis of dentistry for children unquestionably is allied to dental decay, pulpitis, and the inflammation and pain associated with infected pulpal tissue and suppuration in alveolar bone.

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When to be seen

According to the AAPD guidelines, Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care. Referral by the primary care physician or health provider has been recommended, based on risk assessment, as early as 6 months of age, 6 months after the first tooth erupts, and no later than 12 months of age.7-9 Furthermore, subsequent perio- dicity of reappointment is based upon risk assessment. This provides time-critical opportunities to implement preventive health practices and reduce the child’s risk of preventable dental/oral disease.10

Preventive care-fl, brushing, diet

It is important to keep the mouth clean as this is gateway to your health.

The best tools to prevent cavities is by brushing your teeth two times a day with a Fluoridated toothpaste. The purpose of fluoride is to strengthen the enamel with is the outer layer of the tooth. Fluoride can be found in toothpaste, drinking water, some food stuffs. At low levels, fluoride is beneficial however when too much of it is taken into the body it can make the teeth more susceptible to caries and can even be toxic.

Infant/toddler oral care

As a parent or caregiver, it is important to take care of your teeth. You can pass on your bacteria to the child and cause caries.

Trauma

What to do in emergency situation:

If your child falls down and breaks a tooth

  • Stop the bleeding
  • If your child is 8yr and have their big front teeth that came out place back into mouth and stop bleeding.
  • If your child is younger and lost their front tooth do no replace back in mouth. Control bleeding.
  • If the tooth is cracked bring to dental office immediately.
  • For all cases bring to the dentist as soon as you can to assess any other fracture.
  • Call 911 or bring to the nearest emergency hospital, if you child faints, seizure, other injuries that resulted from fall.

 

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