Pediatric dentists complete an additional two year program and are specially trained to work with children and adolescents.
In other words, they’re uniquely equipped to address dentistry issues that arise during the early years. As you look for a pediatric dentist near Paoli this year, take time to learn about top priorities in pediatric family dentistry:
- Don’t give your baby or toddler a milk bottle at night.
Penn pediatric dentists often treat tooth decay in very young patients. A major cause of cavities in children under the age of three is using a milk bottle at night. While milk contains calcium, which is essential in building strong teeth and bones, it also has a lot of natural sugar. When children’s teeth are exposed to sugar over long periods of time (such as at night,) it’s impossible to avoid developing tooth decay.
- Take your child to the pediatric dentist early.
The general rule here is the sooner, the better. Many parents think it’s normal to wait until their child is six or older before taking them to the dentist. The problem with this is that, at six, children will have had their baby teeth for a number of years already and may have developed cavities several times over. The American Dental Association recommends making the first dentist appointment when the first baby tooth comes in (before your child’s first birthday.) Bringing your child to the dentist as early as possible is one of the most important measures you can take to prevent tooth decay and other oral diseases!
- The dentist will show you the best way to brush and floss your child’s teeth.
Daily dental hygiene fosters healthy teeth for a lifetime. When life gets in the way and we lose the rhythm of our dental routine, we set ourselves up for expensive trips to the dentist to receive tooth restoration and replacement. That’s why we encourage parents to come in early to learn exactly what they should be doing for their child’s teeth and how often. When you leave your child’s first dental appointment, you’ll have reliable information in hand about how to care for your child according to the specific condition of their teeth.
Ready to learn more? If you haven’t scheduled your child’s first dental appointment yet, it’s never too late! Please call us at 215-898-7337 to reserve your child’s visit with a pediatric dentist near Paoli at Penn Dental Family Practice.
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