Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry dealing
with children from birth through adolescence.This field focuses on a kid's growth
and development, disease casuality and prevention, child psychology and management
and all aspects of the highly specialised pediatric restorative techniques and modalities.
Pediatric dentistry emphasizes the establishment of trust and confidence in children
with their dentists.Consequently,one of the main components of pediatric training
is child psychology.This manifests itself in different communication styles and
an emphasis on teaching preventive dental habits to children in an effort to make
dental visits enjoyable.
Pediatric dentists work towards the maintainence of primary
teeth(baby teeth) until they are naturally lost.This is due to the importance they
serve in permitting children to chew properly and therefore maintain good nutrition,their
role in speech development and the maintainence of space for the eventual eruption
of the permanent teeth.
Ideally,the first dental visit of a child should begin at 8-12 months of age when
the first baby teeth erupt.Pediatric dentists are trained to perform infant examination
and also to provide the necessary information regarding infant oral care.
Procedures done under kids dentistry are:-
How To Take Care Of Your Child's Dental Health
- » GIC and composite fillings
- » Pediatric root canal treatment
- » Orthodontic correction
- » Management of traumatic injuries
- » Correction of dental habits like thunb sucking,tongue
thrusting,mouth breathing etc.
- » Pit & fissure sealants
Primary or baby teeth are very important for children.Not
only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally,they also aid in forming
a path which the permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
Start cleaning your baby's gums right from birth by using
a gauze piece,moist cotton or soft cloth.Start your child's toothbrushing as soon
as the first tooth erupts in the oral cavity,at about 6-7 months of age. A soft,small
sized toothbrush may be used without any toothpaste for a child,less than 2 years
of age.For the 2-6 years old,dispense a pea-size amount of toothpaste and assist
your child's toothbrushing.Remember that children do not have the ability to brush
their teeth effectively and guidance is a must.Children should spit out and not
swallow excess toothpaste after brushing. In order to prevent dental problems,your
child should see a dentist,when the first tooth appears in the oral cavity and no
later than his/her first birthday.