What is Pediatric Dentistry?

February, 2014 by Alma Abell

Pediatric dentistry is one of the specialties found in the dental profession, these dentists focus on providing dental care for children all the way from infants to teens. The structure of a juvenile mouth is considerably different than that of a mature mouth and the pediatric dentist in North Royalton, OH recognizes this and understands that the dental needs are very different. A pediatric dentist has studied the same courses as a family dentist but has studied the peculiar ways of dealing with youngsters, making their trips to the dentist less of a trauma.

Like all dentists, a pediatric dentist attends four years of dental school, plus additional two or three years as a resident working with children and young adults. During their years in residency the pediatric dentist comes to fully understand that children are different when they are in the dentist’s chair; they find it hard to sit still for the duration of the appointment and a trip to the dentist is often a scary thing for them. The pediatric dentist in North Royalton, OH is tutored on how to overcome this fear. The child patient is often shown all the equipment that will be used; they can touch it and ask questions, thus allaying their fear. The entire atmosphere, from the time the child walks in is child friendly with colorful décor and play areas, all designed to lessen the fear and anticipation.

Children begin to cut their baby teeth by the time they are seven or eight months old, by the time they are three they will have all the baby teeth they will ever have. If there is reason to consult a pediatric dentist in advance of two or two and a half by all means, do it, but if the child’s teeth appear to be in good condition the first appointment can be set for two plus years of age. Once the routine starts, the child should see the dentist twice a year, a routine that should follow for life.

Pediatric dentists provide the parents with information on how the child should care for their teeth at home, they teach proper brushing and flossing as well as fix into the mind of the child the importance of twice daily brushing. If the child has a habit of thumb sucking, the dentist can help break it; they also provide fluoride treatments and treat cavities.

Arlene. J. Coloma DDS, MS is a pediatric dentist providing quality dental care services for teeth problems in North Royalton, OH.