Children Dentistry also referred to as Pediatric Dentistry, is the specialization in treatment/prevention and overall oral health of children. Regular dental care for children is extremely important. A child should visit the dentist after their first tooth appears and before his/her first birthday.
While children do lose their "baby" teeth, or primary teeth, these teeth are instrumental in helping children speak and chew properly. Primary teeth create a path for permanent adult teeth to follow when they erupt.
Children Dental Examinations and Treatments
Oral Health Exams: Examining soft tissues, and Oral diseases.
Early detection and assessment: Providing treatment plans, correcting improper bites, straightening teeth, tooth decay repair, monitoring the proper growth and development of the jaws.
Preventive Dental Care Procedures: Include cleaning, scaling, polishing, fluoride treatments, fillings, tooth repair, and adjustments of fractured/dispatched children teeth.
Counseling: Discussing healthy lifestyle habits and diet recommendations, promoting proper brushing and flossing methods.
Importance of Primary Teeth
A very common misconception is that Primary Teeth are irrelevant to the child’s future oral health development. However, Primary teeth, or baby teeth, are as important as permanent, or adult teeth. Baby teeth begin to erupt at approximately 4 months after birth. A child usually has all of his or her primary teeth by the age of 3. They usually lose them all by age 12 or 13. Baby teeth are more than just space holders for permanent teeth. Baby Teeth assess children in many areas of development:
Speech development – Having the proper positioning of Baby Teeth eases syllable pronunciation. Also preventing the tongue from drifting in the mouth during speech development and inflicting with pronunciation.
Eating and nutrition – Children who experience problems with their baby/ Primary Teeth are the ones who most experience dietary deficiencies.
Self-confidence – Even at a very young age, children can experience social withdrawal based on how they feel about their appearance. Having crooked teeth, bad breath or ugly teeth can quickly impact a child. At Ocean Dental Care, we promote and help your child achieve confident smiles and positive social interactions.
Straighter smiles – Primary teeth are the foundation to a child’s adult teeth. They hold the appropriate amount of space and pave way for adult teeth. Having a missing or improper alignment of primary teeth will affect how adult teeth erupt. Leaving primary teeth untreated causes a “shift” in a child’s mouth and fills spaces improperly.
If you have questions or concerns about primary teeth, please contact Ocean Dental Care office.