Pediatric Dentistry – 3 Common Questions Most Parents Have
Pediatric dentistry is a specialized field of dentistry that caters to the oral health of children from birth through adolescence. A pediatric dentist has typically completed two to three years of specialty training that focuses on children, in addition to dental school.
Pediatric dentists aim to teach children the importance of oral hygiene and how to take care of their teeth, as well as to make them comfortable with dental visits. That’s why you will typically see a lot of educational materials as well as children’s toys and books in a pediatric dental set up.
Here are 3 common questions parents may have:
How do I prepare my child for his/her first dental visit?
- Tell them they are going to see a friend who will help with dental health
- Let them know that the pediatric dental clinic is a special place for children
- Avoid using any negative words like pain, hurt, needle, etc. in your explanation
- Bring a favorite toy or book, something that is familiar
- Avoid giving them too much to eat before the appointment; nervousness can cause a stomach upset
What should I do if my child chips a baby tooth?
While you shouldn’t panic, it is important to see a dentist and get it attended to. Chipping an adult tooth can have far more serious consequences and hence, it needs immediate attention. Depending on the severity, in some cases it could lead to the death of the tooth.
What if my child’s tooth gets knocked out?
A baby tooth is usually not put back as it might interfere with the forthcoming adult tooth. In the case of adult teeth you should:
- Rinse out the tooth with milk
- Avoid touching the root
- Put it back in the socket
- See a dentist as soon as possible
If you feel uncomfortable doing that, simply immerse the tooth in milk and bring it along to the dentist with your child.
Watch this video to learn more about pediatric dentistry.
Regular visits to the pediatric dentist will help teach and establish a proper oral health routine and catch small issues before they turn into major problems for your child’s teeth.