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The Importance of a Pediatric Dentist for Your Child
Much like a pediatrician specializes in children’s overall health, a pediatric dentist also specializes in the oral health of children and teenagers. It’s not just a title of choice — a pediatric dentist receives two to three more years of additional training than a general dentist.
This additional training allows the dentist to specialize in the unique needs in caring for a child. Because children are still developing, dental work for children requires an understanding of the different and specific factors for children compared to when an adult. A pediatric dentist must have training in the treatment of developing teeth, child behavior, psychology, and also treating children with special needs.
Some benefits include:
There are several reasons why you should choose a pediatric dentist:
- They have more experience with children
- They provide a child-centric environment that makes them feel comfortable and safe during their dental treatments
- They have greater focus on preventative treatments for children with a better understanding of what those treatments mean for a child’s physical growth
- They are trained in child behavior to help your child feel safe and learn healthy oral habits
Specialized Pediatric Services: Orthopedics
Orthopedics is a specialized area of dentistry that deals with the prevention or correction of irregularities that come out of the musculature structure. For example, orthopedics looks at the role that the healthy development of the bone around the mouth plays in healthy bites and healthy teeth.
The goal of this treatment is to safely guide facial development and growth, typically in the jaw bones so that the teeth line up normally. Early treatment can help prevent problems from developing or worsening.
Early treatment is always preferred for children because, in early ages, the bones can be more easily guided into healthy shapes. Adults aren’t as lucky — once the bones are done growing, re-adjusting them often takes a very long time or intensive surgery.
When you opt for early treatment, you’re more likely to spot the cause of a problem and addressing it immediately, rather than treating the problem after it has developed. Orthopedic treatment has become one of the best preventative treatment modalities for children.
We will provide a pain free, no stress dental experience that will keep your child comfortable and relaxed.
Talk to Us about Pediatric Dentistry in Tijuana, Today!
We’re ready to help your child get on the path to a lifetime of great dental health. If you’d like to set up an initial appointment so we can meet your child and assess his or her health, please use the appointment reservation link at the top of the page.
Our friendly staff would love to talk to you by phone. Please use the Mexico and US lines listed at the top of the page if you have any remaining questions about our pediatric services in Tijuana, Mexico. If you have any other questions, please see our answers section located just below.
Get Answers to Your Questions about Pediatric Dentists
When should a child first see a dentist?
Gum and teeth health is important even during infancy. Though it’s typical to take the child to the dentist starting at one year of age, issues that develop with the jaw may compel you to see a dental specialist earlier. Always keep a close watch on the gums of your infant.
Checkups should go on regularly from that point. Every six months is good while the first set of teeth grows. When the child enters adolescence, they can begin the annual cleanings that they should maintain into adulthood.
Should I brush my baby’s teeth?
In infancy, it’s best to clean the baby’s gums with nothing more than a soft microfiber washcloth. As with brushing later in life, gums should be cleaned at the beginning of the day. A second cleaning should then follow after the last feeding of the day.
Brushing is important and should begin around the time the teeth are beginning to emerge — you should be using very soft bristles and no toothpaste. Gently brush the teeth and gums to remove food that may have become trapped, and to prepare your child for the sensation of brushing so that it’s easier for them to develop as a habit.
When can children begin using toothpaste?
Toothpaste should be avoided until at least the age of 3. When your child is three years old, you can start supervising them brushing their own teeth with just a little dab of toothpaste. Make sure that your child understands that toothpaste should always be spat out, and that the mouth should be rinsed thoroughly afterwards.
How do you handle with anxious kids?
Working with children and dealing with their anxieties is part of the official program for pediatric dentists, who must complete several more years of schooling than normal dentists. Our pediatric program is managed by a specialized pediatric dentist. We are happy to work with children who are nervous around dentist’s offices, and very familiar with the strategies that help children enjoy their stay.