General & Cosmetic Dentist in Washington D.C.
Pediatric dentistry mainly focuses on children from birth through adolescence. Pediatric dentists fulfill many important functions pertaining to the child’s overall oral health and hygiene. They place particular importance on the appropriate maintenance and care of baby teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating proper chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
Other important functions include:
Education – Pediatric dentists educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology, thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, pediatric dentists are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.
Prevention – Helping parents and children create sound eating and oral care habits decreases the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing checkups and dental cleanings, pediatric dentists are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, provide advice to parents regarding thumb- sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.
Intervention – In some cases, pediatric dentists may converse the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, bad bite, or grinding, space maintainers may be fitted, a nighttime mouth guard could be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.
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