Crystal Dental provides outstanding dental care for infants, children, teens, and patients with special needs such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation and autism. We fully appreciate that every child dreads going to the dentist. So we do our utmost to provide an environment where your son or daughter will feel comfortable and hopefully even enjoy the visit.
How it differs from general dentistry.
Pediatric Dentists require an extra two to three years of post-doctoral dental training after attaining their dental degree. They are then eligible to receive board certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Pediatric dentistry differs from general dentistry in one important aspect: It emphasizes establishing trust and confidence between the child and dentist. That’s why child psychology is such an integral part of pediatric dental training.
Children are not just small adults. They can’t always sit still and be patient and cooperative during a dental examination. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them feel comfortable. In addition, they often use specially designed equipment (and sometimes certain communications styles) to make the treatments more acceptable to young patients.
Pediatric Dentistry also places special importance on preventing tooth decay. Studies show that poor oral health care in children can lead to impaired school performance and poor social relationships. That’s why Pediatric Dentists offer advice on how to make teeth strong, the importance of developing healthy eating habits, and other ways to prevent disease from occurring. They also work to preserve a child’s primary teeth (baby teeth) until they are naturally lost. Baby teeth play an important role in promoting proper chewing and good nutrition as well as in speech development and the proper development of the permanent teeth.
The Pediatric Dentist’s role changes once children enter adolescence. Recognizing the growing importance of appearance and self-image in their patients, Pediatric Dentists emphasize preventative dental health with teenagers and, when appropriate, provide information on subjects such as wisdom teeth, tobacco use, sealants and oral piercing.
It’s important to start early.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that a dentist visit should occur within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by a child’s first birthday. An early oral examination aids in the detection of the early stages of tooth decay, and early detection is essential to maintaining oral health and modifying atypical habits.
At the same time, parents often receive a program of preventative home care, including information on finger and thumb sucking and pacifier habits; counseling on proper diet to promote healthy development of teeth and gums; and advice on how to prevent injuries to the mouth and teeth in young children.