Pediatric Dentist Service
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are also called kids’ dentists or child dentists. They are basically dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through their teenage. They have an experience and qualifications to care of a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout at the various stages of childhood.A child begins to get his first baby teeth during the first 6 months of his life. By the age 6 or 7 years, they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary set, i.e., permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, a child can face possible oral decay and diseases that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications.
What Kind of Training Do Pediatric Dentists Have?
Pediatric dentists have completed at least:
• Four years of dental course (BDS)
• Two years additional course of residency training in dentistry for infants, children, teens, and children with special needs.
What Types of Treatments Do Pediatric Dentists Provide?
Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care that includes the following :
• Infant oral health examination, as it includes the risk for both mother and infant.
• Preventive dental care which includes cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations too.
• Habit counseling (for example, thumb sucking)
• Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and for correcting an improper bite.
• Cure of tooth cavities or any other defects.
• Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with some other diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder.
• Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenula, mucoceles, and any pediatric periodontal disease.
• Care for dental (teeth) injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth)
Pediatric Dentists — The Best Care For Children
Children are very small naughty creatures of God. They are not always cooperative or patient during a dental exam. Pediatric dentists know very well that how to examine and treat children in its own ways that make them feel comfortable. Also, pediatric dentists use specially designed equipment that is arranged and decorated for children.
What Kind Of Dental Emergency Can Be Handled By A Pediatric Dentist?
If a permanent tooth has been knocked out, it is optimal to get the tooth re-implanted in the child’s mouth within 30 minutes if possible.
You just have to-
Hold the tooth by the crown, not from the root.
If the tooth is not dirty or fractured, put it back in the child’s socket and tell the child to keep it there by biting on gauze or on a clean cloth. Do not worry if you haven’t placed it exactly right, because it is better to be in the socket than not.
If the tooth is dirty, fractured, or if you can’t get it in the socket, put it in a cup with milk, and take the child and his tooth to us, as quickly and safely as possible. If the child is old and mature enough, he can keep the tooth in his mouth itself to transport it.
While having a permanent tooth re-implanted within 30 minutes is the best idea out of whole treatment, there are many documented cases of successful re-implantation after the tooth has been out for a longer period of time. If, for any reason, you cannot make contact with our clinic within 30 minutes, or you are out of town, follow the instructions given above.
If a primary or baby tooth has been knocked out, then there is no need to save it.
Chipped or fractured tooth
If a tooth has been chipped or it is fractured, it is important to bring your child to the dentist as quickly as possible to evaluate the trauma, especially if the tooth is primary or permanent. With a chip or a small fracture, the protective hard enamel of the tooth has been compromised, and it is possible for bacteria to enter into the pulp and nerve of the tooth and it may cause infection. The tooth must be sealed to keep the bacteria away from the mouth.
In most of the cases, the tooth is not completely restored after trauma as the objective is to protect the tooth from bacteria and to allow it to heal. After several weeks, another appointment should be made to place an esthetic and functional restoration for the affected tooth.
If your child has an injury in his jaw, take him or her to the emergency room for immediate care as necessary, and come to the dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will check if there is any fracture in the jaw and will perform a complete dental exam. Depending on the injury, the dentist may need to consult with an oral surgeon.
Cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek
If your child has cut or bitten his tongue, lip, or cheek, there can be bleeding, swelling and discomfort. What you can do is- Apply direct pressure on the bleeding area using clean and fresh cloth. If the swelling is present, use a cold compress to reduce the swelling and to reduce the discomfort of the child.
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