What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Although it might seem obvious that pediatric dentistry refers to the treatment of children, many people aren’t sure exactly just what that entails. Parents and children alike often ask: What is pediatric dentistry? The field of pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health needs of children from birth through the late teenage years. Children who have a positive experience at the dentist during their formative years grow up understanding the importance of good oral hygiene and preventive care. It’s essential that your children know that caring for their baby teeth now is just as important as caring for their permanent teeth later.
Dr. Desai takes a different approach to treating children, especially those who have special physical and emotional health needs. He understands that these young patients are not adults and require someone to speak to them in their own language. Proper practice with children requires avoiding words which might cause fear and uses scaled-to-size models to explain what is happening. Dr. Desai and the staff at Glendora Family Dentistry teach young patients exactly how to brush and floss effectively so they can feel proud of a job well done!
Special Dental Procedures for Children
In order to get kids off to a great start with their oral health, Dr. Desai may recommend one or all of these procedures:
- Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride contains minerals and other substances that strengthen the teeth as well as keep the enamel as healthy as possible. We typically give pediatric patients fluoride during each routine cleaning appointment.
- Dental Sealants: Dr. Desai places dental sealants over the surface of the back teeth to prevent bacteria from entering the teeth and causing decay. This procedure is especially critical for children who are around 6 and 12 years of age as this is the time when the first and second sets of molars erupt.
- Mouth Guards: Children who play any type of sport should always protect their teeth with a mouth guard. This may also be an option for a child who is a chronic thumb-sucker when early damage to the teeth is apparent.