The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry

Specialized dental care for children: how pediatric dentistry makes a difference.

Pediatric dentistry is essential for children’s oral health. It focuses on preventing and treating oral conditions in children, thus establishing a solid foundation for optimal dental health in adulthood.

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Pediatric Dentistry


What is pediatric dentistry?

As its name indicates, pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry specialized in the care of pediatric patients, that is, the youngest and smallest.

Pediatric dentists have a series of didactic adaptation techniques to ensure that children’s first contact with the dentist is a calm and pleasant experience.

The pediatric dentist is trained to solve any clinical situation that children who come to his office may present.


What does a pediatric dentist do?

They are in charge of keeping children’s oral health in optimal conditions. For this, they perform different clinical procedures based on the needs or injuries they present, such as:

  • Caries removal
  • Endodontics in children (pulpotomies)
  • Interceptive orthodontics
  • Extractions of primary teeth
  • Topical fluoride applications

However, in pediatric dentistry, pediatric dentists are not only in charge of cleaning and restoring children. One of its main roles is oral hygiene education and oral disease prevention.

Therefore, they are trained to encourage good oral hygiene habits in children from an early age to prevent cavities and tooth loss. They can even guide parents and give them a great deal of information about all the care they should take.

It is essential to understand that children’s oral care should begin from the moment they are born and not after the appearance of the first teeth. For this reason, an early visit to a pediatric dentist can give you all the tools you need to ensure your children’s good oral health.

Thanks to their training in the behavioral management of children, pediatric dentists also have the ability to treat adult patients with various mental disabilities such as Asperger’s, Down syndrome, autism and more.

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What is the difference with a general dentist?

Children’s mouths are different from those of adults. As they are growing and developing, their mouths are constantly changing and have different characteristics.

The pediatric dentist has a wide knowledge about it, and has all the tools to solve any problem, whether it is related to caries or tooth eruption, in a fast and accurate way that can reduce the impact it may have on oral health in the future.


What is interceptive orthodontics?

Interceptive orthodontics consists of using removable appliances to help correct the position of teeth in children.

Because the bone is less dense during infancy, it is easier to mold and change the position of the teeth.

Interceptive orthodontics alleviates dental malpositions in order to make adult orthodontic treatment less complex and faster.

Interceptive orthodontics can also be used to stimulate jaw bone growth to prevent dental crowding and correct habits such as lip biting or thumb sucking.

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Endodontics in children

Endodontics in primary teeth is a little different than in permanent teeth. However, it serves the same purpose of avoiding extracting a tooth.

In children, a procedure called pulpotomy tends to be performed, in which only the pulp of the pulp chamber is removed and the pulp of the root is left behind.

Although primary teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth, it is essential to avoid extracting them prematurely.

This is because losing a tooth prematurely interferes with proper tooth eruption and creates alterations in both the eruption time and the position of the permanent teeth.

Make sure your child has the best oral health possible. Make an appointment at our clinics and we will make sure your child has a healthy smile.


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