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Preventive dentistry means a healthy smile for your child with healthy teeth. Children with healthy teeth chew more and gain more nutrients from the food. They learn to speak and express themselves better. In nutshell preventive kids dentistry means less expensive and less treatment for your child.
When should preventive dentistry start ?
Preventive dentistry begins with the eruption of the first tooth. Visit your pediatric dentist at the eruption of the first tooth or by age one whichever is earlier. You will learn how to protect your infant’s dental health. As visits continue your child will also learn. Earlier the dental visits starts, more are the chances of a cavity free mouth. It is a common myth that kids teeth do not require treatment as they have to shed, but as said it is a myth only and a common cause of kids presenting with swellings and pain at tender ages.
What role do parents play in prevention ?
Most important role that parents can play is to realize that kids dentition requires attention and is a part of general well being of the child. With the changing food habits kids are becoming prone to develop dental problems early in life but a preventive dental check up can help to keep dental health on track. During your visit you will be provided a personalized plan for home care of your child. This will include proper technique for mouth cleaning, diet counselling, diagnosing any imminent dental issue, recommending fluoride if required and attending any specific questions you may be having.
How do pediatric dentists help prevent dental problems ?
Pediatric dentists have a uniquely designed dental office and have equipment designed for children. Children cannot be considered as mini adults and treatment modalities used in them differ from those of adults. A root canal done in a children is entirely different from that of adults, even choice of filling material differs in both of them. Pediatric dentists are trained to handle kids and also develop mannerisms to deal with different types of kids. Tooth cleaning, tooth polishing, fluoride treatments, interceptive orthodontics, mouth guard, corrective appliances, dental sealants, proper brushing and flossing are all part of preventive dental treatment for your child.