Pediatric dentists rarely have to worry about crowns and bridges and fillings, for example -- but it's a lot more than just fluoride scrubs and free floss.
A dentist who sees children...
- Helps to delay and hinder tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other forms of oral disease that can affect a child.
- Follows the growth of baby teeth, tracking them through adolescence when they are lost and replaced with adult teeth.
- Educates the child about the importance of good oral hygiene and the exact techniques the child should use to take care of their mouth at home.
- Educates the parent about tooth-healthy dietary practices, as well as about what to expect next in the child's oral development.
- Addresses a variety of child-specific oral issues such as thumb-sucking or pacifier use.