A pediatric dentist is a dentist who has completed an additional two to three years of dental education and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy to teenage years. A pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet the varying needs of infants, adolescents, and teens.
The health of primary teeth is important. Cavities that are left unattended can and often does lead to problems affecting the growth and development of permanent teeth. Primary teeth (baby teeth) are important for:
The first primary (baby) teeth erupt through the gums as early as 4 months. First, the lower central incisors, followed by the upper central incisors. Although the pace and order may vary, 20 primary teeth typically appear by age 3.
Permanent teeth begin to erupt around the age of 6. Typically the first molars and lower central incisors. Adults have 28 permanent teeth (up to 32 including wisdom teeth) that continue to erupt until around 21 years of age.
Toothaches: Rise mouth out thoroughly with warm water and use floss to remove any food. If there is still pain, contact your child's dentist. If swelling occurs, apply cold compression and call your dentist.
Cut/Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek: Apply ice or cold compression to area to minimize swelling. If bleeding apply pressure with cloth or gauze. If pressure does not stop bleeding, call a physician immediately.
Loss of permanent tooth: If it is possible to find the tooth handle it with care; do not touch the root, wash with soap, or scrub the tooth. Inspect the tooth for any damage. If tooth does not look to be damaged, re-insert the tooth into the socket and hold in place by biting down on gauze. If the tooth cannot be re-inserted, carry tooth in a cup containing saliva or milk and visit a dentist immediately as saving the tooth is time-sensitive.
Loss of primary (baby) tooth: Not usually an emergency in most cases. Contact your pediatric dentist.
Fracture/Chipped permanent tooth: Contact dentist immediately. Keep any fragments and bring it to the dentist, acting quickly can save the tooth or reduce the need to additional treatment.
Fractured/Chipped Primary (Baby) Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist.
Dental X-rays (Radiographs) are an important piece to dental health diagnostics. X-Rays help identify cavities, view incoming (erupting) teeth, diagnose bone disease, evaluate an injury and many other uses. These help combat any conditions that could not be found during a standard clinical examination and boost preventative care. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that every six months a X-Ray (Radiograph) for those at high risk for tooth decay. It is best practice that every 3 years a set of panoramic and bitewings or periapicals and bitewings radiographs are taken. As a pediatric dentist proper shielding is used to ensure minimal radiation exposure.