What you need to know about pediatric dentists

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When your child's first teeth come in, they will need to go to a dentist at a place like Creative Dentistry to start with their early dental treatment. However, they won't go to the same dentist you do; they will typically go to a pediatric dentist. Here are some things to know about this type of dentist.

Pediatric Dentists Have Special Training

A pediatric dentist has the same dental education that a family dentist or other dental specialist has. It is important to note that when looking for this type of specialist, you look for one who went to an accredited dental school. In addition to dental school, they will also have had training in pediatric dentistry. This not only teaches them about the differences in children's teeth and oral health, but also how to care for children of different ages. They should be aware of caring for infants, toddlers, young children, and teens. The pediatric dentist should also be comfortable in caring for children with special needs through this dental training.

A Variety of Treatments Are Provided by the Pediatric Dentist

You should also be aware of the many different types of treatments and procedures your pediatric dentist can provide. The treatments begin with oral examinations and risk assessments for the child, which start from the very first visit to the dentist. If oral health issues run in the family, it is something good to inform the dentist so they know what risk factors to look for. The pediatric dentist will also help teach good oral health habits, provide preventative care and cleanings, and apply fluoride or sealants to their teeth to help prevent cavities and decay. Pediatric dentists also look closely at how the teeth are coming in to inform you if early orthodontic treatment is necessary.

Early Visits to the Dentist Are Important

You should begin looking for a pediatric dentist when your baby first starts teething. When their first tooth erupts, it is a good time to take them to the dentist. Generally, when you start brushing your baby's first teeth, you know it is time to visit the dentist. These early visits are very important. It allows your child to become comfortable with the dental office and meet the dentist and their staff. If they start going to the dentist with a positive experience, they won't have a negative outlook on the process. If you wait too long and your child doesn't visit until they have a cavity, it can make all future appointments more difficult.


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