Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry, who receive two years of specialty training following four years of dental school. Pediatric dentists are also specialized in behavioral management, trauma management during the different developmental stages of primary and permanent teeth, and provide medications at appropriate doses for children of varying weight. These dentists treat dental infections safely without causing any psychological trauma to children or their families.
What are the general tips to prevent tooth decay in kids?
Preventing cavity is very important, as there is no discrimination for tooth decay by age. It can affect anyone like adults, teens, and even your infant or toddler. Tooth decay causes severe problems like infection, pain, and tooth loss. Some of the tips that you can keep in your mind to prevent tooth decay in your child are, as follows:
- Do not put your baby to sleep with a bottle containing anything except water. If your child sleeps with a bottle that contains juice or milk, then it is one of the biggest causes of early childhood cavities.
- Start teaching your child the habit of brushing as soon as a tooth begins to appear in the child's mouth.
- Do not use fluoride toothpaste for children under two years old. Parents should assist a child in tooth brushing until six years of age.
Are baby teeth important for children?
Primary, or "baby," teeth are necessary for several reasons. They help children speak clearly and chew naturally, and also lay stepping stones for the eruption of permanent teeth. The eight baby teeth in the front do not fall out until the child is around 8, and the twelve baby teeth in the back do not fall out until the child turns 12. Baby teeth do fall out, and it is a fact, but you shouldn't wait for it to fall out if that wait time is years.
How often should you take the child to see the pediatric dentist?
It is recommended to get your child a dental check-up every six months, as that helps in preventing cavities and other dental problems. However, the pediatric dentist decides when and how often does the child need to visit after determining their oral health.
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