Pediatric Dentistry – Why It’s Important?
What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry that deals specifically with children’s dental and oral care. All dental students that graduate from dental school and pass the board are called general dentists. However, some dentists undertake more years of studying or postdoctoral training to become experts in children’s dental care and treatment, called pediatric dentists.
You may think that getting a family dentist is the best option as he or she can cater to your whole family’s dental needs. However, there are situations, especially regarding your child’s dental issues, that may be best dealt with by a pediatric dentist.
Why is pediatric dentistry important?
Pediatric dentists will help parents ensure that their children will grow with a healthy set of teeth and build good oral habits starting from a young age. Below are a few of the many benefits that your child will get from a pediatric dentist.
- Calmer and more cooperative children
It is not new to us that most children are afraid of going to dental clinics, undergoing invasive dental procedures. Dental appointments may stress them, causing them to act out or throw tantrums during the scheduled appointment. They can also educate and help parents in making their children comfortable and cooperative during their next appointments.
- Helps establish good oral habits early
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 42% of children ages 2-11 have had cavities in baby teeth. About 21% of this population (aged 6-11 years old) have had cavities in their permanent teeth. Your pediatric dentist can help your child avoid this. Your child will be taught how to brush their teeth properly and establish a good oral habit while they are young.
- Prevents tooth decay
What some parents aren’t aware of is that baby teeth are just as important as permanent adult teeth. It assists toddlers in chewing and speaking. They also serve as spaces for future permanent teeth. If your child lost his or her baby teeth early, the remaining baby teeth may move and won’t be able to make space for the permanent teeth. This can result in many dental issues. Baby tooth decay is also linked to gum disease and other dental problems later in life. Your pediatric dentist can educate you on a tooth-friendly diet and the ways to take care of your child’s baby teeth.