Pediatric dentistry refers to all of the preventive, diagnostic and treatment services that kids need in order to maintain optimal oral health. A pediatric dentist is prepared to care for children with special healthcare needs. Your child’s pediatric dentist is also familiar with special dental concerns that children face, such as the loss of baby teeth, malocclusion and the prevention of cavities.
Six-month checkups are essential to your child’s oral health. For kids ages six and younger, these visits help your child to learn proper oral hygiene. These visits also help to monitor the eruption and loss of the baby teeth, and children ages 7 to 12 can learn more about self-care for their teeth. Their checkups may also include dental X-rays. Teenagers need regular visits to monitor their bite and the eruption of adult teeth. During all visits, kids have their teeth cleaned and examined for signs of decay.
Fluoride is an element that integrates with dental enamel to make it stronger and more resistant to cavities. Your dentist can let you know if your child is getting enough fluoride. If your child needs fluoride supplementation, your dentist may recommend tablets, tap water, or an in-office treatment.
Dental sealants can be applied to a child’s six-year molars or 12-year molars. The sealants are thin coatings of clear plastic that help to fill in the crevices and grooves of the tooth’s chewing surface. By filling in these spaces, the sealants help to stop food from getting trapped. They also prevent bacteria from growing in these hard-to-reach spaces, thereby lowering a child’s risk of cavities.
Excel Dental is the ideal choice for your pediatric dentistry needs. Call today to make an appointment or learn more about pediatric dentistry services.