Pediatric (also paediatric or pædiatric) dentists promote the dental health of children as well as serve as educational resources for parents. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics that a dental visit should occur within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by a child’s first birthday. This is because of early oral examination aids in
the detection of the early stages of tooth decay. Early detection is essential to maintain oral health, modify aberrant habits, and treat as needed and as simply as possible. Additionally, parents are given a program of preventative home care (brushing/flossing/fluorides), acaries risk assessment, information on the finger, thumb, and pacifier habits, advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling, and information on growth and development.
Treatments needed by pediatric dental patients are:
- Teeth restoration
- Pulpotomy/ pulpectomy
- Habit breaking appliances
- Space Maintainer