Dentistry for Kids
Professional dentistry is an important part of maintaining excellent oral health, especially for children. At Peninsula Family Dental Center, we pride ourselves on being a family-friendly office! We know that dentistry can be a scary thought for some kids, which is why our office is designed to make your child's visit fun, friendly, and comfortable. If your child is in need of preventive, restorative, or even cosmetic dentistry, you have come to the right place!
What Does Dental Care for Children Entail?
Dentistry for kids can provide restorative and surgical care, which involves the treatment of diseases to reinstate the functional health and the aesthetic status of the teeth and surrounding tissues. Restorative dentistry includes treatment of injuries to the teeth and mouth, including replacing knocked-out teeth using dental bridges and managing dental caries through fillings, veneers, or microdentures (inlays, onlays, overlays, and pinlays). In addition, endodontic therapy may be performed to treat and manage infections involving the tooth's pulp.
Dental care for kids may also include correction of malocclusion, teeth straightening, or teeth extractions. Teeth straightening can be done using braces, retainers, headgear, brackets, wires, rubber bands, or even invisible trays.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery for children focuses on the correction of cleft lips and palates, congenital craniofacial and developmental facial anomalies, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMDs), dentoalveolar conditions, abnormal jaw growth, jaw cysts, and obstructive sleep apnea.
Adequate preventive dental care in children begins with healthy oral hygiene habits. Brush your child's teeth twice daily with a child-size soft toothbrush and pea-sized amount of low-fluoride toothpaste up until age three. Flossing should be done once daily. Prevent your children who are teething from chewing on ice and hard objects.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that a visit to a dental professional be made within six months after the appearance of the first tooth or around the child's first birthday. As part of dental care, cleanings, fluoride treatments, and routine oral health examination are carried out. Risk assessments for dental caries may also be performed. A detailed medical and dental history is taken before this, and afterwards, a radiograph may be taken if needed.
Early detection of oral pathologies in a child is important to avert permanent and life-altering oral health damage. Regular dental visits also provide you and your child with the opportunity for diet and nutrition counseling, habit guidance (e.g. thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, and pacifier use), and tips on teeth and mouth injury prevention. Sealants - a tool used to protect fissures and pitted-surfaces of teeth from dental caries - can also be provided. Preventive orthodontics helps guide tooth eruption and prevents malocclusion and other causes of abnormalities in the dento-facial region using space maintainers and appliances placed to correct bad oral habits.
Cultivation of good oral habits does not just protect the oral and overall health of your child. It also strengthens the teeth to allow your child to consume nutritious foods. It supports normal speech development and gives your child a beautiful smile which boosts his or her self-esteem. To preserve your child's beautiful smile call (907) 283-9125 today to reach Peninsula Family Dental Center.