The pediatric dentist is the specialist dentist who is responsible for the dental treatment of children, mainly dedicated to carrying out restorative treatment of pieces and, as a general rule, they are the first contact of the child-aged patient with the dental world, so on many occasions , will be the pediatric dentist.
Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry responsible for treating children. The pediatric dentist is in charge of exploring and treating children and newborns. The specialist in children’s dentistry will detect possible anomalies in the position of the jaws or teeth to refer to the orthodontist, orthodontic specialist (link to our orthodontic section) and to perform restorative treatment if necessary. Restorative treatment mainly consists of treating trauma, using sealants that have the function of placing a mass that slightly closes the grooves and fissures of the dental pieces without hardly removing dental material to avoid possible caries and in treating the caries produced and their consequences. .
The main difference between regular dentistry and pediatric dentistry in the treatment of caries is the presence of temporary or milk teeth in children, which causes the treatment to change, so that the injuries that occur during the temporary dentition from the leaving the first teeth until 8 years old, they will be treated in a less conservative and more aggressive way than those that occur in permanent teeth, to avoid that, in the worst case, insufficient treatment could be given to a temporary tooth that then it would reverberate.
Another big difference is the way the specialist communicates with children and babies, they may feel nervous. The specialist in children’s dentistry will look for the appropriate means to create an environment of trust where both children and their parents will enjoy a warm and safe experience.
Advantages of taking your child to a pediatric pediatric specialist:
- Children’s specific dental problems , such as bottle tooth decay, thumb sucking, or pain when teeth come in.
- If your child feels fear or impatience it is definitely better to visit a suitable professional to treat him.
- A fun and warm experience makes it possible for your child to be cooperative during his visit to the dentist.
- Your child will be able to ask and ask their specialist what they need to have healthy teeth.
- Remember to schedule your first date when your baby is 6 months old.
- Your child will be able to learn hygiene and prevention habits from before preschool age
- Learn how to improve your eating habits to take care of your teeth and avoid cavities.
Dra. Paula Fonseca D’Avanzo. DDS