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What is Pediatric Dentistry?August 17, 2012
Pediatric dentistry is dentistry for children. From birth to adolesence pediatric dentists maintain oral health for children through prevention and restoration. The goal of kids’ dentistry is to maintain baby teeth to allow for proper chewing and nutrition, speech development and holding space for adult teeth.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?
It is important to establish a dental home for a child. Experts at the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children see a dentist within six months of their first tooth development, or shortly after their first birthday.
How can I keep my child’s teeth healthy?
There is a new tool for parents and kids to learn more about maintaining their oral health and preventing decay. The 2min2x website promotes:
- Visiting your dentist
- Use fluoride
What do I do if my child was told they have cavities at school?
Sometimes dental professionals will visit schools and day care facilities to educate children on prevention and provide free examinations. During these exams, they can identify that your child may have a cavity. As a result, your child may be required to be put under general anesthesia (dentistry asleep) for their treatment. We recommend learning more about sedation dentistry for kids because this may be recommended.
How can I tell if my child needs to see a dentist?
Review these images below and you’ll see the warning signs that your child will need to visit a dentist for further investigation.