Pediatric Dentistry

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How Dentistry for Children is Practiced

Children’s dental health care has entered a new era. It is a revolutionary time in how dental disease is diagnosed, treated, and prevented by the dental profession. It seems difficult at times to keep up with these ever-changing advances and pass on their benefits to our patients. Yet, there are new and very fundamental principles that are forming the framework for a different perspective upon which will change how dentistry for children is practiced

Your Child’s First Visit

According to the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first dental check-up should occur by the age of one. Having the planned visit within 6 months of the first tooth coming in is an appropriate time as well. 

Behavior Guidance

The goals of “behavior guidance” are to establish communication, lessen fear and anxiety, deliver quality dental care, build a trusting relationship, and promote the child’s positive attitude. Behavior guidance techniques, both nonpharmacological and pharma-logical, allow the practitioner to perform quality oral health with safety and efficiency for infants, children, adolescents, and persons with special health care needs. The selection of techniques is chosen based upon the specific requirements of each individual patient and the judgment of the doctor. Some of the techniques used are the following:

Infant Oral Health Care

Your child's oral health is important at every age. Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, are shed, but they are still very important for a number of reasons.


Fluoride in combination with a good diet and oral hygiene is the most effective way to ensure healthy teeth.


Dental x-rays provide the dentist with help in identifying the condition of teeth, roots, jaw, and facial bone. They aid in the ability to find and treat dental issues such as cavities early on, such as cavities early in their development. It is an important tool to determine dental development and discover any abnormalities such as impacted teeth. There are various types of x-rays commonly used in dentistry and orthodontics with intended different purposes.

Restorative & Endodontic Treatment

There are various restorative materials that are used for different purposes in pediatric dentistry. Some are cited here:

Interceptive Orthodontics Appliance

Below are a few interceptive orthodontic appliances often used in Pediatric dentistry.

Caring for Children with Special Needs

Pediatric dentists are trained and have the skills to care for patients with special needs. They welcome and encourage those with special needs children to visit their offices and make use of the same services that are offered to all of their other patients.