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Since you take your children to a pediatrician for regular checkups, it only makes sense to take them to a childrens dentist for dental care. For infants, children and teens, our pediatric dentists can treat all types of oral health problems.
What Is Kids’ Dentistry?
Also called pedodontics, children’s or pediatric dentistry is a special branch of dentistry that focuses on the treatment of children and teens. Dentists who practice this specialty may be referred to as pediatric dentists or pedodontists.
Pediatric dentists are different from general dentists who can treat people of all ages. When young patients have complex dental issues, pedodontists have more expertise since they undergo additional training and education. In order to practice dentistry for kids, they’re trained in accordance with different standards. Contact us for more information about our dentists’ credentials.
When Must Children Start Going to the Dentist?
On recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should begin to look for a “childrens dentist near me” as soon as children get their first teeth. You should still take them to a dentist before they turn 1 year old even if they don’t have teeth yet.
However, it’s never too soon to consider visiting a dentist to ensure that kids’ teeth and gums stay healthy. It’s important that they have a dental checkup every six months in order to prevent oral issues, such as cavities.
When Do Children Get Baby Teeth?
Babies have primary teeth in their jawbones when they’re born. However, the teeth don’t start to erupt through the gum line until some point before they turn 3 years old. In some cases, baby teeth coming in happens at 6 months old. Other times, it doesn’t happen until after 1 year old. In general, all 20 primary teeth emerge by the age of 6.
It’s important to protect these primary teeth because kids need them to talk and chew solid foods. Also, they reserve space in the jaws for adult teeth to emerge into the right positions. Otherwise, the permanent teeth can come through crooked. In order to protect them, keep regular appointments with a childrens dentist and brush them with fluoride toothpaste two times a day for two minutes per brushing. Ask us for more ways to care for your children’s baby teeth.
When Do Children Get Permanent Teeth?
Kids begin to lose their baby teeth between 6 and 12 years old. For the next five years, they’ll get their permanent teeth, starting with the molars. These are the teeth that help shape their faces. The last teeth to emerge are wisdom teeth after the age of 17. In order to avoid cavities, they must practice good kids dental care.
Why Do Kids Get Toothaches?
Toothaches cause pain and discomfort. In children, injuries aren’t usually the cause. Instead, several other things typically cause toothaches in kids.
Hard food getting stuck between two teeth is the most simple cause. All that you have to do is floss to get the food out and alleviate the pain. Cracked enamel from biting hard objects is another possibility, which can make the teeth sensitive to hot and cold liquids.
When toothaches last for longer than a day, dental decay is often the cause. Usually, the cavities develop on the surface of molars. They can develop into abscesses that cause severe and throbbing pain. At this point, the teeth roots are infected, so children require root canals to treat the issue.
Gingivitis is another potential cause of kids’ toothaches. This gum disease makes the gums look inflamed and bleed while brushing and flossing. Schedule an exam with our children’s dentist in Vienna to get treatment for this condition.
Which Procedures Do Dentists Use for Children?
A kids’ dentist performs a range of procedures to treat and protect children’s and teens’ teeth. Take a look at a few of our pediatric dental services:
- Teeth Cleaning: Our professionals use a nurturing touch while cleaning your kids’ teeth.
- Fluoride Treatment: Topical fluoride fights cavities, and we incorporate it into tooth enamel to make teeth more resistant to decay.
- Fillings: Our pediatric dentists carefully remove damaged tooth pulp and fill the remaining gaps to protect teeth from further decay.
- Dental Sealants: This thin, plastic layer is applied to the grooves in teeth to prevent bacteria and food from getting trapped inside.
- Dental Bonding: This treatment involves using tooth-colored materials to fix minor chips and fractures.
- Baby Root Canals: For this procedure, our dentists clean all the way to the root of a tooth.
- Pediatric Crowns: When fillings can’t repair the holes from cavities, or when children have root canals, we cover the teeth with crowns.
- Mouthguards: These soft plastic mouthpieces protect children’s teeth while they sleep or play sports.
What Happens During Dental Visits for Kids?
Aside from checking for tooth decay, dentistry for children involves assessing jaw and teeth alignment for problems. Our dentists will likely take X-rays to check for problems that may not be visible during an oral exam. We also help you and your kids learn proper oral hygiene habits. Schedule an appointment with our children’s dentist today.