What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Citrus Heights, CA
The pediatric dentist can be equated to the pediatrician of dentistry. To specialize in pediatric dentistry, the dentist will undergo additional years of specialized training after the completion of dental school. A pediatric dental practice, such as our professionals here at Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, limits treatment to children.
The pediatric dentist is the primary and specialty oral health provider for infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. A visit to the dentist can be scary and overwhelming for children, which is why it is so important to establish good trusting relationships with a pediatric dentist early on in life.
It is vital that children be seen routinely by our pediatric dentist, to check for any evidence of cavities and decay. There are several areas of dental wellness that our pediatric dentist focuses on.
Problems With Teething
If an infant is experiencing delay in tooth eruption, our pediatric dentist can offer solutions. It is important to note that teething will occur at different intervals for each child. The development of an infant’s teeth and jaw need to be correct in order to ensure that the infant can be weaned onto eating solid foods. Healthy and timely eruption of teeth is also an important part of speech development. This is part of why baby teeth matter.
Misalignment in Teeth or Malocclusion
Misaligned teeth are those that have grown in crooked or perhaps have large gaps between them. Malocclusion is a situation that arises when the upper and lower teeth do not align when the jaws are closed. This can result in concerns with speaking and eating.
The malocclusion can also potentially result in discomfort or accidental biting on the insides of the cheeks and the tongue. Our pediatric dentist can address poor teeth alignment and recommend an orthodontic solution. Traditional metal braces are just one of the orthodontic options that are available. Other options will depend on the severity of your child’s concerns.
Cavities and Decay
It is true that milk teeth will ultimately fall out, and will be replaced by adult teeth. It is, however, important that milk teeth are kept in good health. Children are at an increased risk of developing cavities and more serious forms of tooth decay. Children tend to be at a higher risk because they are much more likely to enjoy sticky and sugary foods, and they may not maintain a good routine of dental hygiene. Our pediatric dentist encounters tooth decay quite often. Cavities and other types of decay can be treated, with the best results being when concerns are addressed in their very early stages.
Dental abscesses and gum disease are often thought to be concerns faced by adults. The truth is that children are just as likely to develop gingivitis or a dental abscess. Scheduling regular dental wellness checkups, professional cleanings, and a home routine of good oral hygiene should help your children to maintain their healthy teeth and gums for life. Dental sealants may also be recommended.
At Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics we recommend that our patients see our dentist every six months for a routine checkup and professional cleaning. We offer a child-friendly office that helps to foster a positive environment for each of our patients. Read our dental FAQs for kids and call to schedule your next appointment at (916) 962-0577.