Dental Care During the First Few Years
Dental care should be started for children at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry notes that children need to make their first visit to the dentist before they turn 1. This visit should generally occur between six and twelve months of age. One the child’s first tooth appears, it’s best to take them in for a visit.
If a child’s teeth are not taken care of properly, they can potentially face oral decay and pain. “Dental caries” is an infectious disease that is five times more common in children than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. For this reason alone, a child needs to take regular trips to the dentist.
During the child’s first visit, tooth development will be checked as well as checking for any abnormalities. Because the first checkup is all about prevent, an oral exam will be performed to look for any signs of tooth decay. Decay can be caused early on from a diet that is high in sugar or overnight bottle usage.
A child’s life is very important during their first years and oral health is just one factor that needs to be monitored. Children need to start their lives with health gum tissue and teeth. In fact, many children get their first cavity between the ages of 18 and 30 months.
Types of Treatment Provided
Pediatric dentistry includes a variety of different oral health care procedures. Some of these include:
- Cleaning and fluoride treatments
- Tooth cavity and defect repair
- Oral health exams for infants
- Gum disease management
- Dental injury care involving scenarios such as knocked-out, displaced, or fractured teeth
- Habit discussion relating to thumb sucking and pacifier use
- Assessment on procedures involved in straightening teeth and correcting bite problems