Pediatric Dental Topics
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) supports the concept of a dental home for all infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs. As your dental home we include all aspects of pediatric dental care from the interaction of the patient, parents, dental and non-dental professionals. The dental care we deliver is: comprehensive, continuously-accessible, family-centered, coordinated, compassionate, and culturally-effective.
How a pediatric dentist is different from a general dentist?
A pediatric dentist has completed four years of dental school along with two additional years in residency in caring for children with special healthcare needs, as well as understanding the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents. Experience and research has taught us that children are not small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable. In addition, pediatric dentists use specially designed equipment in offices that are arranged and decorated with children in mind.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should visit the dentist by their first birthday. It is important that your child's newly erupted teeth (erupting at six and 12 months of age) receive proper dental care and benefit from proper oral hygiene habits right from the beginning. The first visit will consist of a thorough review of your child’s dental and health information and a comprehensive dental examination along with a discussion on proper diet, nutrition and good oral hygiene habits.
Infant Dental Topics
- Why Baby Teeth Are Important
- Five Stages of Teething and Helpful Hints
- Dental Hygiene for Babies and Toddlers
- Baby Bottle (Nursing) Tooth Decay
- Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers “Non-nutritive Sucking Habits”
Children Dental Topics
- Permanent Tooth Eruption in Children
- Dental Cavities and How to Prevent Cavities
- Dental Fillings, Stainless-steel Crowns-Treatment for Tooth Decay
- Oral Health and Gum Disease
- Motivating Your Child to Brush Their Teeth
- When Should I Change My Toothbrush?
- Choosing the Best Toothpaste for Children
- Eating Healthy to Promote Strong Teeth in Children
- Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities in Children
- Dental Fluoride Treatments in Children
- Mouth Guards Prevent Dental Injury in Sports
Pediatric Dental Emergencies
Safety in Pediatric Dentistry
- Pediatric Dental X-rays (Radiography) and Safety
- Dental Sedation and Safety
- Product Recalls and Health Alerts
Dental Health Resources
Pediatric Orthodontic Topics
- Why Young Kids Need Braces
- Types of Braces
- Caring for Braces
- Helpful Tips for Braces
- Jaw Surgery for Orthodontics (Maxilla and Mandible)