Dentistry for Children
By Stephen Rogers on September 19, 2013
Patients at different age groups have many different dental health needs, and it's important that dental professionals realize this and take these issues into account when crafting treatments to suit each patient. The team at our cosmetic dentistry center understands this, which is why we take a unique approach when it comes to meeting the dental care needs of young patients.
Dental Health Concerns for Children
When it comes to treating young patients, it means more than just providing basic general dental care treatments. We need to tailor the entire visit to address issues of patient education and providing a greater sense of trust and ease while a young child is being cared for.
We also need to consider that children have dental health needs that are all about the growth and development of permanent teeth. Similarly, the dental health concerns are also all about long-term treatment and prevention strategies. If there are structural or overall wellness problems, many of them can be addressed with greater ease at an early age rather than later in life.
When should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time?
In many cases, we recommend that parents bring their children to the dentist for the first time when their babies are teething. We can provide some basic information on the dental health concerns of babies and toddlers and what you can do to ensure your child has a healthy set of baby teeth.
Basic Dental Care Needs
During childhood, a family dentist will provide young patients with the basics, which means routine checkups and diagnostics. Professional cleanings, fluoride treatments, and many other staples of general dental care are all necessary to ensure optimal dental health at an early age and later on in life.
Treating Cavities and Tooth Decay
Cavities and tooth decay are serious whether they affect the baby teeth or the permanent teeth. When cavities arise, the child's dentist will be sure to set a filling and make sure the child understands the importance of prevention.
Establishing Good Dental Care Habits
And indeed, prevention and education are key to children's dentistry. Dentists need to make sure that children learn how to brush and floss properly, and let them know that doing both activities daily and regularly is a good way to maintain and healthy smile and be happy throughout the rest of their lives.
Building Trust and Understanding
This patient education and commitment to pediatric dental care means nothing without trust, however. This is why family dentists need to make sure that their young patients know that the dentist is their friend. By doing this, children are more likely to have positive experiences at the dental care practice and are less likely to experience dental phobia later in life.
Looking Into Future Dental Health Needs
Fundamentally, children's dentistry is rooted in establishing good overall dental wellness early on in order to avoid serious dental health issues in the future. That means preventing tooth decay and getting your kids committed to overall wellness, which will make them less likely to need dental implants and other invasive dental therapies in the future.
Similarly, we will continue to monitor the progression of your child's dental health, noting any future orthodontic or general health needs as they arise.
Learn More About Family Dental Care Treatment
For more information about advanced dental care treatment that can benefit the entire family, be sure to contact our Massapequa dental care center today. Our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you make the best possible decisions about your overall dental health and wellness.
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