The Importance of Pediatric Dental Care

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Pediatric Dentistry is an important element for the overall health of a child. Most general dentists have not received the proper training to provide dental care to children. In addition, their offices tend to not be kid friendly and can make the visit “scary” or even unpleasant. Pediatric Dentists have been trained to manage children’s behavior and deliver the highest quality of dental care for children.

Some important facts to keep in mind...
  • The American Board of Pediatrics and American Board of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children see a pediatric dentist when their first tooth appears, or at 12 months of age, whichever comes first.

  • Baby teeth form in utero. This means that teeth can erupt with a preexisting condition that may not be diagnosed until a child is seen by a pediatric dentist.

  • A child's mouth is developing and changing rapidly. They should be seen every six months to prevent cavities and other dental problems.

  • Practicing sound oral hygiene and making healthy dietary choices beginning in childhood will lead to a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles.

Why fill baby teeth?

It is true that baby teeth do fall out. However, if a baby tooth is lost prematurely due to cavities, the adult tooth underneath is not ready to erupt. Thus, the surrounding teeth will shift and possibly block out an adult tooth requiring your child to receive extensive orthodontics.

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"They are just going to fall out anyway..."