Pediatric dentistry is a specialty that adapts techniques and procedures from general dentistry and specialties to provide primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for children.
At ELITE DENTAL CLINIC LIMITED, we treat a broad range of diseases in infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, and are experts in providing care to make their patients feel comfortable. We also educate our patients and the patient’s parents about the importance of oral health and preventative oral health care.
Dental procedures are generally perceived as intimidating and painful experiences that most would like to avoid, especially among children. However, it is vital that children have their milk teeth checked regularly by pediatric dentists for evidence of caries and tooth decay.
Some of the conditions most likely to be seen in children are as follows:
You can consult us if teething is delayed in an infant. The development of the teeth and jaws needs to be appropriate to allow the infant to be suitably weaned onto solid foods. Good and timely teeth eruption is also important in the development of appropriate speech.
Malocclusion or misaligned teeth
A malocclusion describes when the teeth of the upper and lower jaws do not meet when the jaws are closed together. This can create problems with eating or speaking. The malocclusion may cause pain on biting or injuries to the insides of the mouth, gums and tongue. At ELITE DENTAL CLINIC LIMITED, we are experts in addressing the problem of poorly aligned teeth using braces.
Dental caries and tooth decay
Despite the fact that milk teeth are eventually shed to be replaced by permanent teeth, it is still important that these teeth are well maintained. Children have an increased likelihood of developing tooth decay and therefore cavities that can expose the inner dental pulp to bacteria and cause toothaches.
Children tend to be more susceptible to dental plaque and
tooth decay because they are more likely to eat sugary, sticky foods and not maintain their dental hygiene as well as older people might. Gingivitis and dental abscesses are just as likely to occur in children as in adults. Regular dental health checkups along with the maintenance of good oral hygiene through daily brushing and flossing of the teeth should help children maintain a healthy set of teeth for life.
What is preventive dentistry for children?
As soon as a child gets their first tooth, preventive dental care can begin.
Preventive dentistry for kids can help identify problems early on in your child’s life before dental problems become worse and often more costly. Services typically include the following:
• Promote good dental habits, including brushing and flossing, guidance on thumb sucking, as well as advice on eating habits that help improve dental health.
• Regular teeth cleanings and oral exams, usually every 6 months
• Fluoride application (usually up to a certain age)
• Dental Sealants
• Routine X-rays to help track jaw and teeth development
• Fitting athletic mouth guards
• Referrals to orthodontists if teeth are crooked
• Referrals to other dental specialists as needed
• Helping identify related health issues that may impact a child’s dental health