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Pediatric Dentistry Resources
Frequently Asked Questions
It is never too early to establish a “dental home” for your child. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Academy of Pediatrics recommends seeing a dentist 6 mo after the eruption of their first tooth or around 1 year. At our office we start seeing patients around the age of 2 for routine examinations and cleanings.
It is important to fix a cavity on a baby tooth for many reasons. First – active decay is present and it can continue to grow and invade the nerve of the tooth causing pain for the child. If the nerve becomes infected, an abscess can develop. The abscess can spread to the surrounding areas causing facial swelling – a cellulitis. If untreated it can be severe possible life threatening. Baby teeth are also important for functions such as eating and speech. They act as place holder for the developing teeth – helping the permanent teeth erupt into the proper location.
Flouride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to strengthen the teeth and make them more resistant to decay. Small amounts have been shown to be safe and highly effective at preventing decay. Fluoride becomes incorporated into teeth and can help remineralize weak spots. Fluoride also inhibits that bacteria that cause decay.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends x-rays for children at a higher frequency than adults. This is due to the fact that they are growing and changing at a rapid rate. Children are also at increased risk of decay compared to adults. X-rays not only diagnose decay, they can also help diagnose orthodontic problems, bone problems, root problems or fractures from trauma. The risk of dental x-rays is significantly less than risks of undiagnosed problems.