What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is an important part of the treatment and care of children as they grow. They have specialized knowledge and skills in the oral characteristics and treatment of children. By seeking pediatric dental care, you can help protect your child’s dental health.
At what age should I start seeing a Pediatric Dentistry?
Although not clearly defined, pediatric dentistry is intended for infants through 12 years of age. As a general guideline, it is recommended that children start seeing a dentist at about 1.5 to 2 years of age. However, since the first baby teeth begin to erupt at about 6 to 8 months, a child may begin seeing a dentist before the age of 1.
Because oral problems and precautions are different for each age group, proper care and prevention is necessary for each age group.
For example, between the ages of 0 and 3 is the window of infection, or the time when tooth decay first occurs, so it is important to have regular checkups and fluoride applications as a preventative measure. Also, between the ages of 6 and 12, baby teeth and permanent teeth are mixed together, so the alignment of the teeth and the bite are not stable, making them more susceptible to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
It is also important to see a dentist immediately if there are any major abnormalities or problems.
Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
When should children start orthodontic treatment?
Orthodontic treatment for children plays an important role in the transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth. Generally, orthodontic treatment begins between the ages of 6 and 9, when baby teeth begin to erupt. During this time, permanent teeth are coming in and oral functions are maturing, making orthodontic treatment effective. Beginning orthodontic treatment at this age can help prevent future problems with tooth alignment and bite irregularities.
Pros and Cons of Pediatric Orthodontic Treatment
The advantages of orthodontic treatment for children include the benefits of early treatment in improving the alignment of teeth and reducing the time required for full orthodontic treatment in adulthood. Early treatment can prevent future problems with teeth alignment and give the patient a beautiful smile.
On the other hand, there are disadvantages to orthodontic treatment for children. Treatment may take longer, eating and oral care may be restricted during treatment, and pain and discomfort may occur.
Basics of Orthodontic Treatment for Children
Pediatric orthodontic treatment uses a variety of treatment modalities to correct the alignment of teeth.
Orthodontic treatment for children includes myofunctional training, expanded bases, wire braces, and mouthpiece braces. These are used to bring the teeth into a normal position and jaw relationship.
Wire braces use devices attached to the teeth to move and guide the teeth into the correct position. Mouthpiece braces use a guiding device called a mouthpiece that is changed periodically to adjust the braces.
In pediatric orthodontics, the goal is to promote the growth of the child’s jaw and improve the future alignment of the teeth.
How can I keep my child’s teeth healthy with Pediatric Dentistry?
Regular check-ups are important!
Regular check-ups with a pediatric dentist are very important for children’s teeth. Regular checkups allow us to monitor the condition of your child’s mouth and detect dental problems and diseases in their early stages. You can also learn about proper oral care and preventive measures.
The Toranomon Hills Dental Medical Ryu Clinic offers free consultations for a variety of dental problems.
You can be sure that we will always make suggestions that are appropriate for your situation and that we will always work with you to determine the best treatment plan.
Please do not give up and consult with us first.