Fact Check – Everything You Need to Know About Pediatric Dentistry
Why one might strongly consider consulting a pediatric dentist instead of a general dentist. An overview of everything you need to know about pediatric dentistry.
TAYLORSVILLE, UTAH, USA, September 21, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Fact Check – Everything You Need to Know About Pediatric Dentistry
Fun summer days are still in full swing, and many have spent time enjoying barbecues by the pool, the neighborhood, and friends, and I hope they’ve already had a summer vacation trip or have one in the works. Our pediatric dentists and staff enjoy the fun of summer, especially enjoying the air conditioning in our offices, while listening to stories from our pediatric patients about family travel and summer activities.
Dentists want to see children’s smiles. Is it time for a visit to the pediatric dental office? Do we know what types of services pediatric dentists offer? Do we know why they should consult a pediatric dentist instead of a general dentist? Here is an overview of everything you need to know about pediatric dentistry.
FACTS About Pediatric Dentistry
1. Pediatric dentists have more training than general dentists
Pediatric dentists complete an additional two to three year program after dental school. This additional training is specific to pediatric care, which means different sized tools and techniques for the procedures. In addition, their learning and training are focused on the psychological and physical development of children, from infancy to adolescence.
2. Dental hygiene habits begin in early childhood. Even before their first tooth, their gums should be gently cleaned with a soft, damp washcloth (make sure it’s clean!) after breastfeeding or bottle-feeding. Once that first tooth erupts, use a baby toothbrush to get into the habit of brushing it in the morning and at night before bed.
3. Toddlers should have their first visit to the dentist either when they reach the age of 3 or when their first tooth comes out. As for starting dental hygiene habits early, dental visits should become a routine part of their life, like a visit to the dentist. the doctor’s office. Positive dental experiences are essential. Plus, we know that the earlier we start with these, the less likely dental anxiety is to be a problem in the future.
4. Caries in baby teeth should be restored, not ignored. The milk tooth should not be removed either. Why? The primary teeth fulfill multiple essential functions for the development of his child. First, cavities can be extremely painful. Second, when a toddler is learning to transition from a liquid diet to food, chewing is key! Third, the primary teeth help the child’s speech development; the tongue touching the teeth is necessary for most of the sounds we use in our speech. Finally, the primary teeth also serve as placeholders in our jaws for the permanent teeth. Surrounding teeth can shift if a primary tooth is extracted before its natural moment.
4. Dental sealants are a necessary preventive procedure in pediatric dentistry. They are painless and serve to protect the teeth from cavities. Children may have difficulty reaching the deep grooves and valleys of the molars; after all, motor skills are acquired over time, and even adults have problems with these stains on their teeth. Dental sealants are usually transparent in color or color matched to the tooth. The procedure is quick and painless. We clean and dry the dent thoroughly before applying a gel to roughen the surface slightly for better grip. Then putty is applied. Once the putty has dried (usually we use blue light) the procedure is complete. Usually, a child can eat without problems at their next snack or meal. Dental sealants have been proven to reduce the risk of molar tooth decay by up to 80%. For more information on sealants, click here.
5. Utah pediatric dentists can help you with breastfeeding. Each of our sites has the LightScalpel CO2 laser, and our pediatric dentists have been specially trained in its correct use. This advanced technology allows us to help breastfeeding mothers whose babies have a lip or tongue tie. Mothers have traveled to see us from hundreds of miles away because the CO2 laser has proven to be a better, more efficient, and less painful process than other tools or technologies. Read here for more information on how our CO2 laser can help a mom and her baby.
6. We recommend mouthguards for all sports, not just contact sports. A broken and chipped tooth that has been loosened can be painful and alarming for a child. More than 80 million children nationwide participate in sports and studies have shown that athletes using mouth guards are 82-93% less likely to have a dentofacial injury. Protect those smiles and avoid painful mouth injuries by talking to the pediatric dentist about a mouth guard. For more information on mouthguards, click here.
7. Most children have cavities. Do not feel guilty, parents, even if they are champions of sweet moderation. Also, one can try to limit sodas and sugary drinks, but the truth is that most children have cavities. In fact, according to the CDC, more than 52% of children between the ages of six and eight have had a cavity in a primary tooth. What does this mean for a parent? The meaning is two-fold: first, don’t worry, and second, talk to a pediatric dentist about preventative care, home dental hygiene routines, and schedule bi-annual teeth cleanings.
Schedule a Biannual Checkup for Children with Utah Pediatric Dentists
We care about our community, our patients and their families. Come to see us; we want to hear about summer. Show us those smiles and tell us summer stories as we clean up the pearly whites of the kids. We have three convenient locations in the Salt Lake City area (Bountiful, Taylorsville, and Stansbury Park), all fully staffed and equipped to ensure children receive the best care.
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