When it comes to dental health, children need care that is tailored to their growing and changing mouths. Pediatric dentists receive specialty training after dental school to specifically address your child’s oral health needs. During this training, pediatric dentists learn about caring for children’s teeth (both primary and permanent), how to make children feel comfortable, how to care for special needs patients, and more.
Pediatric dentists often emphasize preventive care more than an average dentist might. Fostering good habits and oral health early on can prevent problems in the future, even well into adulthood. Additionally, protecting baby teeth from falling out too early can help children eat and speak easier. Some adult teeth (like the molars) don’t grow in until age 12 or later! Pediatric dentists understand that keeping these teeth healthy can prevent dental shifting, pain, and other jaw-development issues.
Below are a few of the reasons why pediatric dentists are a crucial part of your child’s overall health care:
- Bringing children into a kid-friendly environment can establish a positive relationship with the dentist for the rest of their lives. When kids see other kids around, it helps lessen their anxiety.
- Pediatric dentists have a deeper understanding of the problems that affect children, such as teething, cavities, tooth impaction, the proper development of permanent teeth, orthodontic issues, and more.
- A pediatric dentist will use their judgment as to when your child needs an X-ray. They use small sensors that fit your child’s mouth to make X-rays a more pleasant experience. Most general dentists have large, bulkier sensors, which may cause pain during X-rays. A dentist may forego X-rays altogether if your child gets upset, thus being unable to diagnose small cavities in between your child’s teeth.
- Unfortunately, some dentists feel it is not necessary to treat cavities on your child’s baby teeth because they will fall out. Others like to watch them until your child is of age to cooperate. This practice can result in your child’s cavities growing larger and eventually causing pain. Pediatric dentists like to stop and treat cavities early to prevent a mouth full of cavities and pain for your child.
- As a pediatric dentistry team, we understand that treating children requires a more cautious, conservative mindset: unnecessary procedures, X-rays, and medications will not be recommended for children, whereas general dentists might need to use a more aggressive approach when treating their adult patients.
AOMS Pediatric Dentistry is your destination for children’s dental care in Amarillo, TX.
Our practice is dedicated to helping kids stay healthy in a fun, safe, and kid-friendly environment. To schedule an appointment for your child or to learn more about the children’s dental services we offer, such as sealants, general cleanings, and restorations, feel free to browse this website or contact our office for more information.