Pediatric dentistry is a specialized field that focuses on children's oral health from infancy through adolescence. It is a preventative branch of dental care designed to keep a child’s teeth healthy and free of decay and damage throughout their formative years.
This branch of dentistry also focuses on teaching children how to develop proper oral hygiene habits early on to avoid oral complications or diseases. This also ensures that children are educated on the appropriate use of their teeth, including how to avoid damaging them through harmful behaviors such as nail biting, thumb sucking, and eating hard foods.
At Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we encourage parents to bring their children to our dental practice for routine checkups every six months so that our dentist can monitor their development and ensure their oral health is on track.
What Problems Can Pediatric Dentists Treat?
Pediatric dentists commonly treat dental caries in children. They diagnose and fill cavities, perform tooth restoration procedures, and provide guidance on preventive measures to minimize the risk of further tooth decay.
While less common in children, gum disease can still occur. Our pediatric dentist can identify and treat gum disease in children. These treatments may include deep cleaning, medication, and education on proper oral hygiene practices.
Children are prone to dental injuries due to their active lifestyles. Our pediatric dentist is skilled in managing dental trauma, such as knocked-out teeth, fractured teeth, or injuries to the mouth or jaw. He can provide immediate care to save or repair damaged teeth and address related complications.
Children can develop dental infections, such as abscesses requiring prompt treatment. Our pediatric dentist can diagnose and provide appropriate treatment, including antibiotic therapy and dental procedures, to address the infection and prevent its spread.
Common Pediatric Dentistry Procedures
Dental cleanings, also known as prophylaxis, involve the removal of plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth. Our pediatric dentist uses specialized instruments and techniques to clean children's teeth gently. Cleanings help prevent tooth decay and gum disease and promote healthy oral hygiene habits.
Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and helps prevent tooth decay. Our pediatric dentist may apply fluoride treatments to children's teeth, particularly those at higher risk of developing cavities. Fluoride is a quick and painless treatment and can be administered in the form of a gel, foam, or varnish.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from decay. These sealants create a barrier that prevents food particles and bacteria from getting trapped in the grooves of the teeth. Dental sealants are an effective preventive measure to reduce the risk of cavities in children.
Our pediatric dentist educates children and parents about proper oral hygiene practices, nutrition, and the importance of maintaining good oral health habits. He also helps them improve their brushing and flossing techniques and diet choices and provides strategies to prevent dental problems. For the best dental care for your child, visit Growing Smiles Pediatric Dentistry at 10722 Potranco Rd #109, San Antonio, TX 78251, or call (210) 647-4769.