Why do you bring your child to see a paediatric dentist?
Paediatric dentists have few years specialty training following dental school and limit their practice to treat children only. Paediatric dentists are specialising in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special needs.
Children patients do not only have different dentitions than adults but they may have specific dental and behavioural needs that are unique to children. These needs may include orthodontics, preventive care with fissure sealants and fluoride applications, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treatment existing dental problems, our practice focuses on prevention through patient and parent education, so that future dental problems could be avoided.
Moreover, adolescents or teenagers differ from young children in their overall dental needs. They are subjected to age-specific physical, psychological and social changes. Dental decay increases in teens because of changes in dietary habits with frequent snacking and high consumption of sugar and carbohydrates as well as sweetened, acidic carbonated beverages; lack of motivation for good oral hygiene habits, increased demands in school work and social areas.
Many teenagers have orthodontic appliances and cavities can easily develop around the braces. Multiple exposures to fluoride should be encouraged during orthodontic treatment in preventing dental decay. Sealants are recommended when all the permanent teeth erupt to protect them from dental decay. They also require mouthguards for sports.
Our paediatric dentists will make sure the proper treatment is carried out at different age group to maintain a healthy smile.