Most general dentists will receive some training in children's teeth. However, a pediatric dentist will go through additional training specifically focusing on the problems that affect children. Once dental school is completed, they will go on for an additional two years of training in the care of infants, children, adolescents, and people with special dental care needs. Pediatric dentists are also trained in comprehensive care, focusing on the effect of conditions like asthma or diabetes on oral health.
Pediatric dentists provide oral care that begins soon after birth, and can offer basic education for parents on topics such as oral hygiene for the baby. Similar to general dentists, pediatric dentists offer routine services like cleaning and filling cavities. They will have special equipment designed with a specific focus on children, and they might also perform procedures like sedation dentistry for children when they are too frightened or uncooperative with procedures.
In many cases, a general or family dentist is able to care for children's teeth. When it comes to general dentistry, children differ from adults due to the developmental conditions. For example, baby teeth must be replaced by permanent teeth, the jawbone must develop normally and some children face problems from congenital anomalies. A consultation with a pediatric dentist may be a good idea if the child has any developmental issues.
Oral hygiene should begin soon after birth by gently cleaning the baby's gums. As the child gets older and teeth begin to appear, parents should brush them for the child. Eventually, the child will be able to brush and floss on their own, but parents should still supervise to ensure the cleaning is being done properly. Regular dental visits are also essential, even before the child needs cleaning and treatment, to help the child build a relationship with the dentist.
At Totowa Dental Center, we strive to make every service achievable and affordable for all patients. We only accept PPO plans. Along with our accepted insurance, Totowa Dental Center accepts Care Credit and Lending Club. For more information about our insurance policies or payment methods, please call our office.
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