Pediatric Dentistry 2018-05-26T12:43:23+00:00

Pediatric Dentistry at Cochran Orthodontics

Cochran Orthodontics is committed to encouraging children to approach dentistry with calm and confidence. We use only the highest levels of restorative and preventative care, and do it all with smiles, kindness, and compassion!

What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?

Pediatric dentists go through extra years of specialized training after finishing dental school to dedicate themselves to caring for the oral health of children, from infancy all the way through to teenagers.

Toddlers, pre-teens, and teenagers all require a different approach when it comes to dealing with their needs and behavior, and a pediatric dentist will guide their development and dental health. Pediatric dentists will also help them avoid future dental issues, as they are trained to meet their needs.

Pediatric dentists have specialized training in dealing with developing young smiles, so it’s essential that you choose a pediatric dentist that understands these needs during your child’s early years. Choosing the right dentist can make a big difference in the health of your child’s smile for years to come.

The Importance of Pediatric Dentistry

Your child’s first teeth won’t be there forever, but that doesn’t mean that those teeth should not be conscientiously cared for. Correctly taking care and maintaining the dental health of your child will reap health benefits that will last well into childhood, as baby teeth are needed for some vital functions.

Primary or baby teeth will serve as a guide for the growth of permanent or adult teeth, as they will hold the space into which the adult teeth will grow. The tops or crowns of the adult teeth will push the roots of the primary teeth, which will cause them to melt away or reabsorb. This way, the permanent teeth can take their correct place in the mouth.

Another important thing is that the baby teeth of your child will be there for the majority of their early years, helping them to chew, speak, and bite. For the first few years of their life, your child will exclusively rely on these primary teeth to perform these functions. Your child will have a mix of primary and permanent teeth until the early teenage years, so you want to ensure that they lose those teeth naturally and they stay healthy until the body believes it’s time to replace them.

Your Child’s First Baby Teeth

Children’s first twenty primary teeth will typically start to appear when they are six to nine months of age, even though they can sometimes start earlier or later, between six months to a year.

The teeth that tend to grow first are the lower front teeth, followed by the upper two teeth. Then come the molars, and afterward the eyeteeth or canines start to grow. When your baby is teething, they can experience discomfort. If you notice this in your child, don’t hesitate to contact us, and we can let you know what you should do to alleviate your child’s pain and discomfort.

You should gently wipe your child’s newly grown teeth and gums with a damp gauze or washcloth after each feeding. Around two years old, when your child has most of their teeth, you can establish a daily oral health routine by teaching them how to brush their teeth. The brush should be soft-bristled and small, without excess toothpaste.

Common Pediatric Dental Care

We can provide various dental treatments, preventing tooth decay or repairing or saving teeth. These procedures include:

  • Cavity Sealants: We can avoid cavities by applying a coating to chewing surfaces of the back teeth. A child’s tooth enamel is not as mature as adults, and therefore it is more prone to tooth decay.
  • Topical Fluoride: Teeth are more resistant to decay when fluoride is incorporated into the tooth’s enamel. Some drinking water supplies and toothpastes have a small amount of fluoride, but it’s not enough to protect your child’s teeth.
  • Root Canal Treatments: Like adults, sometimes a child will need a root canal treatment. Saving your child from premature tooth loss due to an injured or decayed tooth can prevent problems with their bite in the future that will require orthodontic treatments.

When Should You Bring Your Child to Their First Dental Appointment?

As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child needs to have their first pediatric dentist appointment by their first birthday. You may think this seems early, but we can watch for any problems regarding teeth development, check for cavities, and teach you proper techniques for oral hygiene.

There are several types of tooth decay possibly affecting small children. Tooth decay develops rapidly in early childhood, starting in the outer tooth’s enamel into the inner part of the teeth in less than six months.

Make An Appointment

The benefits of proper orthodontic treatment and care go far beyond a more pleasing appearance; they include teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime and a healthier mouth. If you’re interested in undergoing orthodontic care, contact Cochran Orthodontics today to schedule your appointment.