Pediatric dentists are specialized medical doctors who provide oral health care to children, from infancy through adolescence. Here are some common issues that pediatric dentists treat:
- Tooth decay: Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease. Pediatric dentists diagnose and treat cavities, and provide preventive care, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants, to protect children’s teeth.
- Gum disease: Gum disease can affect children, especially those who have poor oral hygiene. Pediatric dentists may provide gum disease treatments, such as deep cleaning and antibiotic therapy, to prevent further damage to the gums and teeth.
- Dental emergencies: Children can experience dental emergencies, such as knocked-out teeth, fractured teeth, or dental abscesses. Pediatric dentists can provide emergency care to address these issues and prevent further damage.
- Braces and orthodontics: Pediatric dentists may provide orthodontic treatment to children with crooked teeth or misaligned jaws. This treatment can improve the child’s oral health and appearance.
- Wisdom teeth: Wisdom teeth can cause pain, infection, and other dental problems. Pediatric dentists may remove these teeth to prevent further complications.
- Tongue-tie and lip-tie: Some children are born with a tight frenulum, the tissue that connects the tongue or lips to the mouth. This can affect the child’s ability to speak, eat, or breastfeed. Pediatric dentists may perform frenectomy procedures to release the tissue and improve function.
- Oral habits: Thumb-sucking, pacifier use, and tongue-thrusting can affect the development of a child’s teeth and jaw. Pediatric dentists may provide guidance and treatment to help children break these habits.
- Dental anxiety: Some children may feel anxious or fearful about visiting the dentist. Pediatric dentists are trained to provide a child-friendly and supportive environment, and may use techniques such as nitrous oxide or conscious sedation to help the child relax.
These are just a few examples of the common issues that pediatric dentists treat. By providing early and regular dental care, pediatric dentists can help children maintain good oral health and develop healthy habits that last a lifetime.