A pediatric dentist is the pediatrician of dentistry. They receive an additional two or three years of specialized training beyond the four years of dental school. They are dedicated to the oral health of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs.
What is a
Certain types of bacteria live in our mouths. When these bacteria come into contact with sugary foods left behind on our teeth after eating, acids are produced. These acids attack the enamel on the exterior of the teeth, and eventually eat through the enamel to create holes in the teeth, which we call cavities.
What causes cavities?
The Canadian Dental Association recommends that a child’s first dental visit should occur by his/her 1st birthday. This visit will enable Dr. A to meet your child and to discuss proper oral hygiene, diet, thumb/pacifier habits, tooth eruption, and fluoride. Many dental conditions can be avoided or reduced with early education and guidance.
When should my child
first visit & how often?
Do special needs children
have different dental
Many times special children are more susceptible to tooth decay, gum disease, and facial growth abnormalities. Because of this, it is important that these children are seen early and started on a preventive oral health program which will address their special dental needs. Dr. A has received extensive training in the treatment of special needs children and understands that all children deserve a healthy, beautiful smile.
Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the leftover food particles that combine to create cavities. For infants, use a wet washcloth to wipe the plaque from the gums and teeth. For older children, brush at least twice a day and limit sugary snacks. Flossing should begin once there is no longer space between your child’s teeth. Make sure your child gets enough fluoride through drinking water, fluoride products, or supplements if needed
How can I prevent
If your child has an accident, please call our office as soon as possible. We will see your child immediately. If it is an after hours emergency our answering machine will connect you with Dr. A.