Pediatric Dentistry

November 12, 2012

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry refers to the oral and dental health care for children and adolescents. Dentistry in children is very different to adults so different things need to be considered and different requirement met in pediatric dentistry. As well as being a fully trained dentist, those working with children also need to be aware of how to behave around and towards young people. Many children, particularly when they are very young, find going to the dentists a very overwhelming and scary experience. Most adults don’t find visits very particularly pleasant but for children who don’t have a full of understanding of why or what exactly is going to happen can become very anxious. Pediatric dentistry involves making the children feel comfortable and at ease in order to let any fears or misconceptions disappear.

First visit recommendation

It is recommended that children start having check ups with a pediatric dentist from around the age of 2 and half. It is around this age that children start to subconsciously learn about the human body, and the importance of taking care of their health including oral health. At these checkups the dentist will be able to identify any dental problems including decay and malformation and put the steps in place to resolve these issues. Before permanent teeth, children have baby teeth, which can also suffer form decay and other problems. While these teeth are developing children should start to learn about how to brush their teeth and generally

maintaining good oral health.

Skills needed to work with children

Practising pediatric dentistry requires formal training in the subject as well as a good understanding of dealing with children. This requires a different set of skills than is needed when working with adults, as it is important to be able to communicate with the children in a fun and educational manner. As well as performing check ups and teeth cleaning, a pediatric dentist advices parent on how to encourage their children to develop good habits associated with oral health as well as stopping bad habits such as sucking their thumb. Although this may seem like an innocent habit, it can have a significant affect on the alignment of the teeth. Additionally, someone practicing pediatric dentistry would provide advice to parent on foods children should avoid, brushing and flossing regularly and the importance of good oral health.

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