Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of children. The dentists who practice pediatric dentistry are called pediatric dentists.
What Are Pediatric Dentists?
Pediatric dentists focus on treating children's dental needs. They undergo specialized training to learn how to make children feel comfortable during treatment and how to make every visit as quick and painless as possible.
At What Age Should My Child Start Seeing the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by their first birthday. This visit will help your child become accustomed to the dentist in Lehi UT and pave the way for the beginning of a relationship with a dentist who already knows your child.
During this visit, we will check your child's teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy. We will also clean your child's teeth and apply fluoride to help protect their teeth. If your child has cavities, we will restore them with a tooth-colored filling. We will monitor your child's teeth at each visit to make sure that their smile stays healthy.
What Are the Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry helps children grow with healthy teeth and mouths. Dentists who specialize in treating children will know exactly how to talk to kids and how to help them relax at the dentist's office. They can also help parents learn how to best care for their child's teeth and gums as they grow.
What Do Pediatric Dentists Do?
A pediatric dentist has two to three years of additional training in the oral health of infants and children, including those who still have their primary teeth. Pediatric dentists can diagnose dental issues earlier than a general dentist. They can also treat a wide spectrum of dental issues, including:
- Jaw misalignment
- Baby bottle tooth decay
- Teeth grinding
- Orthodontic issues
- Gum disease
- Tooth loss
- Tooth decay
- Trauma to teeth
- Sports-related injuries
Pediatric dentists also often treat special needs patients, including those with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, and other conditions.
Kids and Dental Fear
Studies have shown that approximately 25% of children fear the dentist. Even as an adult, there are many people who avoid the dentist due to fear. Luckily, there are many things you can do to help your child feel more comfortable at the dentist's office.
Here are some ways you can help your child feel more comfortable at the dentist:
- Explain to your child that the dentist is their friend. This will help set a positive tone for their first appointment.
- Show your child that the dentist is not scary by scheduling a checkup and cleaning appointment together.
- Remind your child that the dentist is there to help them.
- Talk about what your child can expect during their appointment.
- Find a dentist that makes your child feel comfortable.
At Floss Family Dentistry, we offer high-quality dental services using advanced technology. To learn more or to schedule an appointment with us, call us at (801) 610-7200 or visit our dental office at 2183 West Main Street, Suite 301A, Lehi, UT 84043.