Pediatric dentistry is an area of dentistry that specializes in treating the oral healthcare needs of children. As one of the areas leading general and cosmetic dentists, Dr. Smith also provides regular checkups, cleanings, and fluoride treatments for children of all ages.
Children often need to be seen for the following care:
- Teeth defects
- Dental injuries
- Gum disease
- Speech-related disorders
- Tongue tie (restricted frenulum)
- Oral conditions related to other diseases or underlying conditions
- Mouth guards for sports
Dental appointments for children are important not only to evaluate tooth and gum health, but to educate them on preventing dental problems throughout their lives. A child should have his or her first dental exam about six months after the first tooth erupts from the gums, and should visit a dentist every six months thereafter.
During your child's first dental visit, Dr. Smith will examine the child's teeth for decay and other dental problems. Thumbsucking and pacifier habits may impact oral health, so these are common talking points during visits for chilren of younger ages. Dr. Smith will review with you and your child proper oral care, including brushing, flossing, and fluoride treatments. A follow-up visit is usually scheduled for six months later, beginning the dental-maintenance process that will help to ensure good oral health throughout the child's life.