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What is a Pediatric Dentist?

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Cavities and other dental issues aren’t exclusive to adults. In fact, it is estimated that cavities affect the primary teeth of more than 50% of children. However, these dental issues are preventable if you start taking your kid to a pediatric dentist early on.

Pediatric Dentists

Also known as pedodontists - pediatric dentists specialize in diagnosing and treating dental problems in toddlers, children, and teens. They are trained to focus on the unique dental issues that may occur in the teeth, gums, and jaws as children’s bodies grow and develop.

If you take your kid to a good pediatric dentist on a regular basis, they will receive the following benefits.

  • Proper oral health exams
  • Regular fluoride treatments and teeth cleanings
  • Any improper bite issues in teeth alignment will be fixed early on
  • Removal of a cavity
  • Dental injuries such as fractured or displaced teeth will be fixed more easily with healthier teeth
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of any dental issues
  • Gum disease management that can prevent pediatric periodontal disease

When to Start Visiting a Pediatric Dentist?

Many parents aren’t aware of when their kid needs to make the first trip to a pediatric dentist. As a result, they may not take their kids to the dentist until they are well into adolescence. Or they may not even think about it until an actual issue arises. This is a mistake.

Ideally, you should be taking your kid to a pediatric dentist just before their first birthday or within 6 months of their first tooth appearance – whichever comes first. If you live in Summerfield, Oak Ridge, Forest Valley, or Friendly Acres, visit Piedmont Pediatric Dentistry for a free consultation today.

 

Posted on Dec 13, 2021
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