What is a pediatric dentist? A pediatric dentist is the pediatrician of dentist that has two additional years of specialty training in growth, development, psychology, and behavior of the pediatric patient.
Why a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist is a dentist that has completed an additional two to three year residency at an accredited training program. These additional years of rigorous training are focused on understanding and meeting the special emotional, dental, developmental needs of infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special needs. This additional training ensures that a pediatric dentist can best address the changing needs of a child throughout growth and development, often circumventing painful or costly circumstances.
Like a pediatrician, a pediatric dentist limits her scope of practice to children so that the practice can be specially geared towards the needs of a child. Due to our focused practice, we are able to keep abreast of the latest technologies. The doctor and her pediatric dedicated staff are able to deliver dental care with behavior modifications and communication in a manner that makes the dental experience easier and positive for the young patient.
When will baby teeth erupt?
Baby teeth form in utero and can start erupting as early as 4 months. The lower incisors typically erupt first but variations in eruption are normal. When your child was born, the buds for his or her permanent teeth are already in place under the primary teeth. Permanent teeth start erupting at 5-7 years old and the process continues until age 18.
Why are Primary teeth important?
- Chewing and talking
- Holding space until a very specific age for permanent teeth to erupt in the correct position.
Losing primary teeth early can result in misaligned or unerupted permanent teeth
- Allow jaws and bones to develop normally
Keep in mind that posterior primary teeth do not exfoliate until 10-13 years old so it is important to keep baby teeth healthy and clean
What is the best toothbrush / toothpaste for my child?
Why are dental x-rays important and are they safe?
Why does my child grind at night?
Many children go through a period of idiosyncratic (unknown reason) bruxism or grinding and most cases do not require any treatment unless the child is experiencing sensitivity or discomfort. There may be some attrition or wearing of the teeth. Fortunately, most children outgrow night time grinding by ages 9-12.
Why should my child use a mouthguard?
How does thumbsucking or pacifier use are affect my child?
How do I know if my child is receiving enough fluoride?
How can I prevent 'bottle' or nursing decay?