What is Pedodontics?
Pedodontic dentistry, or pedodontics, is a highly specialized field of treatment for children.
This dentistry for children focuses on a wide spectrum of conditions affecting dental
development in youth. Most common pediatric dentistry services include fillings, extractions
and preventative treatments.
Who is a Pedodontist?
Pedodontist is a dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years.
They have the experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
Children begin to get their baby teeth during the first 6 months of life. By age 6 or 7 years,
they start to lose their first set of teeth, which eventually are replaced by secondary,
permanent teeth. Without proper dental care, children face possible oral decay and
disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Today, early childhood
dental caries an infectious disease is 5 times more common in children than asthma and
7 times more common than hay fever.
What Types of Treatments Do Pedodontist Provide?
Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care that includes the following:
Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and
Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking) Early assessment and
treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics) Repair of
tooth cavities or defects Diagnosis of oral conditions associated
with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention
deficit/ hyperactivity disorder Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers,
short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease.
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