Dentistry is one of the oldest branches of medicine. It is also known as dental medicine and oral medicine. The branch contains the study, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases, disorders, and conditions of the oral cavity.
Dentistry is the diagnosis, treatment of teeth diseases, jaw, gums and mouth. It can stimulate the health of your complete body. Dentistry diversification into specialties and subspecialties, orthodontics and periodontics, dental orthopedics, prosthodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics and oral and maxillofacial radiology.
The Dentistry branch not only deals in Teeth treatment but also for the treatment of the soft tissues of the mouth. Yes, I am talking about the soft tissues of your mouth and every human being.
Have you ever thought about the mouth tissues softness in infants, children and adults? – To deal with the softness in kids, pediatric dentistry is one of the preferable dentistry.
Pediatric dental practice is associated with dental health of children as well as educational assistance with resources for their parents. Pediatric dentists are highly qualified and experienced to care for a child’s teeth, gums, and mouth during the numerous stages of childhood.
What pediatric dentistry includes?
Here are the few responsibilities of a pediatric dentist.
· Diagnose oral diseases
· Promote oral health for children and adolescents
· Formulate dental treatment plans to restore oral health of pediatric patients.
· Interpret x-rays and diagnostic tests
· Monitor growth and development of the teeth and jaws
· Correct malocclusion through interceptive orthodontic treatment
· Perform surgical procedures on the teeth, bone and soft tissues of the oral cavity
· Treat dental caries and odontogenic infection.
· Manage dental trauma, including fractured, displaced, and knock-out teeth
· Treat kids under various stages of sedation (minimal, moderate, or deep)
3 Dental Health Children’s Stages:
Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health of kids. Your kid’s first Dental visit should happen within 6 months after the presence of the first tooth. It is suggested by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) as it is essential to give attention to an infant’s teeth from birth.
Tooth Decay Prevention: From Birth to 6 Months
As you know, the tooth decay situation is very tense especially when it is about infants and growing kids. So better to adapt and practice dental hygiene from birth. Your children’s teeth are vital for them.
– After feeding, clean infant’s teeth.
– Gently massage the gum tissues after cleaning teeth with moistened washcloth by using your finger.
– Do not lay down your baby on the bed with a bottle or teether as the pacifier causes redness, swelling and sometimes saliva flow may increase. To handle this situation, you can chill teething rings as cold temperature will heal and soothing mostly.
Tooth Decay Prevention: From 6 Months to 12 Months
During the ages of 6 to 12 months, your infant gets their first tooth and it is very important for you as for every parent. As I mentioned above, practicing dental hygiene defines your children teeth and jaw structure in future.
It is very easy to handle your first baby tooth and prevent it from tooth decay.
– Try to give soft and smooth texture food to your baby.
– Do not give your chewed food to infants as tooth decay is a transmissible disease. Your chewed food can cause tooth decay in children. Avoid this as much as you can.
– Clean infant gum tissues as you did before when your child was in the ages of birth to 6 months. In addition, you can use toddlers tooth brush for teeth cleaning. Whenever your child eats, you can clean them with a toothbrush. Tooth paste is not required.
– For this ages teeth, you can consult a pediatric dentist for infant fluoride supplements because your child also needs fluoride for teeth. The main source of fluoride to intake is water for infants, if drinking water is not fluoridated then you must consult a doctor.
In this way, you can take tooth decay diseases to prevent any damage. Remember, always check your baby teeth by lifting their lips.