Dentistry for Kids
Dentistry for kids, or pediatric dentistry, is specifically designed for anyone under the age of 18. Pediatric dentistry can range from teenagers to infants who are just growing their teeth but is not exclusive to children.
Dentistry for kids is critical to maintaining good oral hygiene and instilling good habits at a young age. Furthermore, these services made specifically for children are helpful because the staff is specialized and trained to deal with children and make them comfortable with the entire process. Schedule your child’s dental appointment today by contacting us at Cherry Hill Dental Smiles.
Why is it important?
It is of utmost importance that your child takes quality care of their teeth at home. The American Dental Association recommends that everyone (including children) brush their teeth twice a day and floss at least once. Although, even with a quality oral hygiene routine, it is important that your child meets with a pediatric dentist. It will take a trained professional to assess the status of your child's oral health considering they have teeth that are developing daily. Pediatric dentists will monitor the dental development of your child's mouth and constantly check for any abnormalities. The majority of the services provided in a pediatric dental office is the same that is provided to adults. Although, some are different such as wisdom teeth removal and braces.
Pediatric dentists are trained to work with children. They understand how to make children feel comfortable in their office and will explain all the procedures to them in terms they are able to understand. After your child receives their check-up, the dentist will meet with both of you to explain how their teeth are developing and discuss any concerns they may have. Then, your dental team will explain to you at-home care instructions and also how to care for anything they completed in the office during your visit.
Children should have their teeth professionally cleaned at least once yearly, but it is recommended twice yearly. They should start as soon as their first tooth comes in. This cleaning will be almost identical to a cleaning administered to adults except for the dental hygienist and the dentist is trained in detecting abnormalities and issues associated with a child’s tooth development.
First, they will use a scaler to remove plaque and tartar from their teeth and gums. Then they will get a professional tooth cleaning and flossing. Finally, the dentist will do an examination of their mouth to check for any developmental issues and may also do some light cleaning.
Fluoride and examination
Fluoride treatment is common in pediatric patients. This chemical is often added to water, but children do not get enough of it to be beneficial. This chemical is crucial for repairing tooth damage and preventing cavities and tooth decay. There are numerous fluoride treatments available but the most common is topical treatments. These consist of gels, foams or varnishes.
Another important part of pediatric dentistry is the examination. This exam is almost identical to the exam you will experience as an adult. The difference is that the dentist or hygienist that is administering this exam knows what to look for regarding your child’s tooth development. They will check for proper alignment and tooth eruption, various diseases and any issues with their overall health. The dentist will communicate the issues to the parent and discuss different treatment options when you contact Cherry Hill Dental Smiles by calling 856-528-7177 today.