Pediatric dentistry concerns itself with the special needs of children from infancy to adolescence. Children routinely see dentists every six months for checkups and cleanings, just like their parents. In pediatric dental care, appointments are scaled for the age, size, and needs of a child.
What does pediatric dentistry involve?
- Examining teeth for decay and damage
- Tracking jaw and tooth movements
- Checking for signs of malocclusion
- Demonstrating techniques for brushing and home care appropriate for children
- Giving parents a clear idea about how to care for their children’s teeth at home
- Applying sealants and topicals to prevent decay
- Treating decayed, infected, and retained primary teeth
- Suggesting cessation measures for oral habits like thumb sucking