Child dentistry, also known as pediatric dentistry, is the area of dentistry that focuses on preventing and treating oral issues in children, from infants to teenagers. Pediatric dentists are experienced and qualified to take care of the child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout their development stages.
At The Dental Design Studios in Houston, Texas, Dr. Hernandez, DDS, offers gentle and affordable dental care for patients of all ages, including children.
Child Dentistry Treatments and Procedures
A baby’s teeth begin developing when they are about six months old. Then, by age 6 to 7, they start losing their baby teeth and develop their permanent adult teeth.
If baby teeth are not properly cared for and maintained, they risk being affected by tooth decay and can negatively impact the development of permanent teeth, which can lead to pain and complications later in their lifetime.
Child dentistry comprises comprehensive dental treatment and procedures including:
- Dental exams to detect early signs of caries or gum disease
- Counseling for habits like using a pacifier or thumb-sucking
- Treating dental cavities or defects like teeth or jaw misalignment
- Managing pediatric periodontal diseases, ulcers, short frenulum, or other oral issues
- Emergency dental care
- Diagnosing oral conditions relating to other diseases like diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, etc.
- Preventive care including fluoride treatments, dental cleaning, and nutrition and oral hygiene advice
Importance of Child Dentistry
Oral health can dramatically affect overall health. When a person neglects to maintain their oral hygiene, the whole body suffers, and oral issues can lead to speech or eating difficulties as well.
Children are particularly at risk when it comes to dental problems as it may be difficult for them to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine and they tend to consume more sugary and starchy snacks. Child dentistry encompasses both preventive and restorative treatments that can ensure your child’s long-term dental health.
Parents should start their child’s oral routine as soon as their first tooth emerges and start scheduling dental visits at around the same time or no later than the child’s first birthday. This way, they can ensure the child develops sturdy teeth and gums and they are protected from long-term problems and complications.
For more on child dentistry and its benefits, contact The Dental Design Studios at (713) 468-5800 or visit us at 8391 Westview Drive, Houston, TX 77055.