What is a Pediatric Dentist?
After College and Dental School, a pediatric dentist has completed 2 years of advanced training within a children’s hospital setting focusing on the unique issues of children and adolescence as well as additional training in the specific dental needs of medically, physically, and developmentally delayed children.
Why are baby teeth so important?
Baby teeth are important for proper function during chewing and eating and hold space for the eruption of the adult teeth
Tooth development and loss
What is the best toothpaste for my child?
Before the eruption of the baby molars, it is important to use a fluoride free toothpaste. Upon the eruption of those molars, a fluoridated toothpaste can be introduced using a very limited amount. Start very small (a mere “dot” on the first row of bristles) and work your way up to about half-pea size once your child is spitting effectively.
What should I do if my child grinds his teeth at night?
Pediatric grinding is very common and rarely does damage to teeth and never damages the jaw joint. It is thought to occur during the growth process and increase if your child suffers from congestion or allergies.
Should I be concerned about thumb sucking?
Thumb or finger sucking and pacifier use can be a normal part of growing up for some children. The damage done by this behavior is almost always reversible if stopped before the eruption of the first adult tooth (usually between 5 and 6 years of age)
Why are xrays important?
Dental radiographs are valuable in the diagnosis of decay in between teeth which are touching. They always help assess a child’s dental development.