Preventive Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is defined as the practice, teaching, and research of preventative oral care in children from birth through adolescence. Pediatric dentists encompass all aspects of oral health care for developing children. They also offer specialized dental treatment for sick and disabled children.

Children should visit their pediatric dentist twice a year. These visits should begin within six months of an infant’s first tooth eruption. Common oral conditions that affect children include:

  • Dental caries, which are also called tooth decay or cavities
  • Gum diseases, including gingivitis (mild) and pediatric periodontal disease (advanced)
  • Dental erosion, also referred to as enamel erosion
  • Tooth development interruptions and other abnormalities, such as a cleft lip and palate
  • Early orthodontic treatment corrects severe bite issues in children before all of their permanent teeth erupt
  • Physical damage to the face caused by traumatic injuries, such as car accidents

Children should see a pediatric dentist every six months for a pediatric dental exam and teeth cleaning. These exams help reduce the chance of disease by keeping the mouth and teeth healthy throughout life.

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