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Pediatric Dentistry: Bringing Out the Sweetest Smile in Every Child

Pediatric dentistry is a specialization of dentistry that deals with the oral health of children from infancy stage through the teenage years. To be a pediatric dentist, the minimum requirements are minimum educational background of four years of dental school and additional two years of pediatric dentistry residency training. Pediatric dentistry is a specialization taking care of teeth, gums and overall oral health of infants, children, teenagers and children with special needs. Children start to get their baby teeth as early as the first six months of life, and by the age of 6 or 7 years, they start losing their first set of teeth, which are replaced by secondary, permanent teeth. Because of poor oral care, children are faced with tooth decay and gum problems, that may cause possible lifetime pain and complications.

Pediatric dentists provide a comprehensive oral health care to infants, children and teens such as habit counseling and intervention (thumb-sucking and pacifier use), correction of improper bite and straightening teeth, infant oral health examination, preventive cleaning measures and fluoride treatments, recommendations on proper nutrition and diet, tooth cavities and defects repairs, diagnosis of oral diseases associated with other acute and chronic conditions like heart defect, asthma and diabetes, gum disease management, and care and treatment for dental injuries. When is the ideal time for your child to have the first check up? Pediatric dentists highly recommend that a child should have his or her first dental visit when the first tooth appears, or no later than his or her first birthday. Children should have their dental visit every six months in order to prevent tooth cavities and other dental problems.

You can start performing oral care and use of toothpaste as early as possible. Start oral care at birth, cleaning the child’s gums with cloth and water, or a soft infant toothbrush. You can start brushing your baby’s teeth using a soft and age-appropriate toothbrush twice daily with a tiny smear of fluoride toothpaste as soon as they erupt. The amount of fluoride toothpaste should be increased to a pea-size dollop once your child reaches 3 to 6 years of age, and you can help in assisting your child while brushing to ensure proper technique. When children reach 9 to 10 years old, you can start introducing adult toothbrush because this is when adult teeth erupts. If your child complains of toothache, let him or her child gargle and rinse with a warm salt water, then apply cold compress on the face that is swollen as an emergency measure, and finally see a pediatric dentist as soon as possible. For any problems on your child’s teeth, we can help you with that. We specialize in pediatric dentistry.

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