What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

Receiving proper dental care in childhood is essential for instilling the knowledge necessary to maintain a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Children need routine checkups and cleanings to avoid the onset of common oral health problems. At Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we can provide these services with pediatric dentistry. What is pediatric dentistry?

Thorough Exams

About once every six months the doctor should examine your child’s teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, gingivitis, or other oral heath concerns. The doctor will also make sure the baby teeth are erupting properly, possibly recommending orthodontic treatment should the child have the early stages of misalignment. To obtain a clear picture of the child’s oral health, we may use digital x-rays (more accurate and up to 80% less radiation) and intraoral cameras.

Cleanings

Like adults, a cleaning is necessary to remove plaque buildup from the smile. Otherwise, plaque will weaken tooth enamel and inflame the gums, boosting the risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. The cleaning also helps remove mild discoloration and leaves the teeth with a smooth finish. As they enter adulthood, a cleaning can help children maintain a healthier smile with a lower risk of periodontal disease.

Improving Homecare

During a visit the doctor may recommend better way to brush and floss properly. The doctor can also discuss healthier alternatives to sugary snack foods and drinks. Doing so improves homecare and can help kids avoid cavities as they grow older.

Another bonus is that routine visits help children become used to the sights and smells of the office. This reduces dental anxiety and helps children become less afraid of the dentist as they grow older. Stopping dental anxiety from developing can help ensure your child obtains a lifetime of healthy and attractive smiles. If you have any questions, please contact our office today.