Pediatric dentistry is a specialty that focuses on the oral health of children. Children have unique dental needs and require a specialized approach to their care.
To specialize in pediatric dental care, pediatric dentists undergo two to three years of additional education following their doctorate degree. They may have some of the same qualifications as regular dentists, but their experience is geared toward treating children. These dentists work with children of all ages, from newborns to teenagers and young adults.
A child’s first visit to the dentist should occur six months after the first tooth comes in, but it can be scheduled at any time after that first visit. This allows the dentist to examine the child’s teeth and gums and answer questions the parents may have. At this visit, the pediatric dentist can educate parents on good oral hygiene practices and review home care routines. Parents can also ask questions regarding their child’s diet, pacifier use, or any other habits they practice at home that may impact their child’s teeth.
Our pediatric dentist at Mega Dental recommends regular appointments for children and adolescents. During these routine visits, the teeth will be examined for early signs of tooth decay or other issues.
The Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry
- Specialized Care
Pediatric dentists undergo extensive training in addressing the unique dental needs of children, including infants, toddlers, children, and teenagers. They have the expertise to handle the specific challenges of treating young patients.
- Early Detection and Prevention
Regular visits to a pediatric dentist allow for early detection and prevention of dental issues. Pediatric dentists can identify potential problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or orthodontic concerns, at their earliest stages. Early intervention can help prevent the progression of dental issues and reduce the need for more extensive treatments in the future.
- Developmental Assessment
Pediatric dentists monitor the growth and development of a child's teeth and jaws. They can identify and address developmental abnormalities or concerns, such as improper tooth eruption or bite issues. Early intervention can guide proper dental development and prevent future complications.
What Services Do Pediatric Dentists Provide?
A pediatric dentist provides preventative dental care for children and specialized care when necessary. From regular cleanings and fluoride treatments to early orthodontic evaluations and oral surgery, our pediatric dentist will partner with you to help your child achieve and maintain healthy teeth and gums.
In addition to providing routine preventive care, your dentist may perform various specialty procedures to treat common childhood conditions. Orthodontic treatment can address issues with alignment or spacing between a child’s teeth. Our orthodontist may recommend braces or other correction devices to guide the growth of a child’s jaw and encourage proper tooth development.
Our pediatric dentist is also specially trained to provide sedation dentistry during more difficult procedures when needed. A child who is anxious about their appointment can receive a safe dose of sedative medication that relaxes them while the procedure is being performed. Once a child becomes a teenager, they may benefit from additional orthodontic treatment with braces or another device.
For the best dental care, visit Mega Dental at 10510 FM 1464 Suite 100, Richmond, TX 77407, or call (832) 930-7723. Our pediatric dentists have the knowledge, experience, and specialized training to address the unique dental needs of children and provide quality dental care in a child-friendly environment.