Pediatric dentistry, also known as children's dentistry, is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the oral health care of infants, children, adolescents, and individuals with special healthcare needs. Pediatric dentists have additional training and qualifications to provide comprehensive dental care for children and teenagers.
At Cadena Dentistry, our dentists specialize in pediatric dentistry and emphasize the importance of preventive care to promote good oral health from an early age. They educate parents and children about proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and a balanced diet. Regular dental check-ups, cleanings, and fluoride treatments are recommended to prevent dental problems and detect any issues early on.
What Types of Dental Problems Can a Pediatric Dentist Address?
Pediatric dentists diagnose and treat tooth decay, one of the most common dental problems children face. They provide dental fillings to restore decayed teeth and prevent further damage.
Pediatric dentists can identify and treat gum disease in children. They educate children and parents about proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing, to prevent and manage gum disease.
Pediatric dentists are skilled in managing dental injuries commonly occurring in children, such as fractured teeth, knocked-out teeth, or injuries to the lips, tongue, or cheeks. They provide immediate care and guidance to save injured teeth and prevent complications.
Pediatric dentists monitor children's dental development and detect abnormalities or deviations from standard growth patterns. They can identify and manage issues such as delayed eruption, missing teeth, extra teeth, and jaw growth problems.
The Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry
Preventive Dental Care
Pediatric dentists emphasize the importance of preventive care to maintain optimal oral health. They educate parents and children on proper oral hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and a balanced diet. They also provide dental cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealants to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems.
Early Dental Examinations
Pediatric dentists recommend that children have their first dental visit within six months of their first tooth eruption or by their first birthday. These early examinations help identify potential oral health issues and establish a dental home for the child. The dentist will evaluate tooth development and oral hygiene practices and provide guidance for managing oral habits like thumb sucking or pacifier use.
Treatment of Dental Conditions
Pediatric dentists diagnose and treat various dental conditions specific to children, such as tooth decay, cavities, gum diseases, and developmental abnormalities. When necessary, they may provide restorative treatments like dental fillings, crowns, or extractions. They also monitor the growth and development of the teeth and jaws and may intervene with orthodontic therapies if required.
Pediatric dentistry focuses on dental treatment and creating a positive and comfortable dental experience for children. Regular visits to our pediatric dentist from an early age help establish good oral hygiene habits and lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. For the best dental care, visit Cadena Dentistry at 606 N Bedell Ave, Del Rio, TX 78840, or call (830) 775-3322.