Understanding the Importance of Pediatric Dentistry
Most parents are not aware of the importance in taking their children to the dentist. In fact, only a small percentage of parents know that a child should be scheduled for his or her first dental visit at six months of age or earlier. This is because his or her first primary teeth are about to erupt during this period.
A visit to a kids’ dentist is important, as the dentist can teach you how to care for your child’s primary dentition. Dr. Derek B. Hauser, DDS, is better equipped at addressing any pediatric dental needs, thanks to years of training in this specific field. He has treated well over 1,000 children over the last 20 years.
What Is the Difference between a Regular Dentist and a Pediatric Dentist?
Children have their own specific dental needs. A pediatric dentist’s job is to ensure the overall oral health of children below the age of 13. Please note that extra training is required after graduation.
According to the AAPD (American Association of Pediatric Dentists), an individual who wants to become a pediatric dental specialist has to receive an extra 2 to 3 years of education, in addition to the 4-year dental course.
What a Pediatric Dentistry Specialist Can Teach Parents
Aside from diagnosis, extractions and other dental work, a pediatric dentist has to educate both parents and children about proper dental hygiene. Did you know that children under the age of 9 still have underdeveloped motor skills? Therefore, a 6 year old may have a hard time flossing and brushing his or her teeth properly.
As parents, it is your job to help out. Your kid’s dentist will help you improve your child’s oral hygiene routine by teaching him or her how to brush and floss properly. A dentist who specializes in this field will inform parents of the importance of TSD (Tell Show Do).
The TSD technique is used in this line of work to acquaint tiny humans about the basics of oral hygiene. It also helps lessen anxiety before dental work. Please note that pleasant euphemisms are used to put children at ease.
Brushing and Checking Afterward is Critical to Avoid Cavities
With regard to brushing, a dentist starts out by discussing its importance. He or she may use visual aids to demonstrate how it is done. Afterwards, the child will be asked to imitate what he or he saw, either on a tooth model or on his or her own teeth.
At home, a parent should emphasize the importance of oral hygiene. The goal is to make brushing and flossing a habit. A good way to do this would be to brush your teeth along with your child, making this a nightly ritual. Please note that flossing your be performed by parents, as children under the age of 9 can cause harm to their soft tissues, as they might apply too much force.
If you are in search of an experienced dentist, Dr. Hauser not only specialize in CEREC restorations, he is also a pediatric dentist who has treated his own son from birth. If you are in need of a kids’ dentist, he and his staff are well-equipped to take on the challenge. Please call (951) 244-9495 to schedule a consultation visit.