Dentistry for Kids
Pediatric dentistry, or dentistry designed specifically for children, involves specialized dental services for anyone under 18 years old. These services are provided for infants who are beginning to get their teeth, for teenagers needing braces, and every age in-between. Pediatric dental care is critical for maintaining good oral hygiene. These services are also helpful for younger patients because of the specialized training they require. Our dental professionals at HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth complete dental school (four years) in addition to two years of residency with pediatric patients.
Why Pediatric Dental Care Is Important
Even with daily oral hygiene routines, your child should still meet with a pediatric dentist. Children have teeth that are growing and developing, and it takes a specially trained professional to understand any abnormalities. Pediatric dentists will monitor dental development and recommend treatment and maintenance plans to ensure good long-term dental health. Many of these services are the same ones that adult patients receive, but other ones are seen more often with pediatric patients, such as wisdom tooth extraction and braces.
Pediatric dentists have also worked with children, so they understand how to comfort them and explain procedures to them. Children are sometimes hesitant about going to a dentist, so it is important to have someone with special skills to work with them and help ease their worry. Our pediatric dentists will also meet with you to explain how your child’s teeth are developing and address any concerns. Before you leave, our pediatric dentist will talk to your child about dental care and give at-home care instructions.
Like adults, children should have a professional tooth cleaning at least yearly. Our team of dental professionals have training that allows them to work with this age group and ensure good oral hygiene. First, they will use a scaler to remove any plaque or tartar from your child’s teeth and gums. After this, our dental hygienist will brush and floss their teeth. As a final step, our pediatric dentist will do an oral examination to check for development and any concerns. They may also do some light cleaning at this point.
Fluoride treatments are very common among pediatric patients. This mineral is present in water, but children often do not get enough of it. Fluoride is important for repairing tooth damage and preventing tooth decay. There are a few different fluoride treatments available. Topical treatments are gels, foams, or varnishes. Systemic treatment involves ingesting the fluoride directly into your child’s system. This is typically accomplished through a prescription supplement.
Our pediatric dental professionals will also monitor your child’s dental development. This includes checking for proper alignment and tooth eruption which is when the tooth comes out of the gum. In addition, they can also check for various diseases and determine the best treatment option. Pediatric dentists also treat a number of dental injuries that are common among children, such as cavities, ulcers, and teeth that have been knocked out. Our office provides you, as the parent, information on nutrition, risky childhood habits, and at-home care. At-home care involves both preventive measures and disease treatment. To schedule an appoint for your child, call HomeTown Dental at Lake Worth at 682-516-3532 today.