What is a pediatric dentist?
- A pediatric dentist is a dentist who specializes in providing dental care for children. Pediatric dentist complete additional training after dental school in order to best treat infants, children and adolescents.
When should my child go to the dentist?
- The American Academy of Pediatric Dentist recommends a first visit within the first year to help establish a dental home. Early visits have shown to help prevent dental cavities and protect your child’s smile now and into the future.
What can I expect at my child’s first visit?
- At the first visit, the pediatric dentist will do a complete examination of your child’s teeth and bite. Some dental radiographs may be taken to diagnose caries or other dental issues. A cleaning will be done and fluoride will be placed.
Are dental radiographs safe and why does my child need them?
- With our modern-speed dental technology and proper shielding, the amount of radiation transmitted is very low. Without dental radiographs, we can not detect common caries that form in between teeth. Dental radiographs are also taken to identify any pathology and to monitor growth.
What is nitrous oxide/oxygen?
- When children are nervous, sometimes they are given nitrous oxide/oxygen or laughing gas to help them relax. It is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the nose. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recognizes this technique as a safe, effective method to use while treating children's dental needs. A child is able to relax without putting them to sleep. Ask your pediatric dentistry provider if this is an option for your child.
When can my child get braces?
- It’s a good idea to get an orthodontic evaluation by the time a child is 7 years old. Traditionally, treatment with dental braces begins when a child has lost out of his or her baby (primary) teeth, and a majority of the adult (permanent) teeth have grown in-usually between the ages of 8 and 14. Sometimes, a child can benefit from early interceptive approach, which involves using dental appliances (not always dental braces) at an early change. The best choice for your child will depend on the severity of your child’s dental needs. Talk to your orthodontist to determine the best course of action.