Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry is the branch of dentistry specializing in children from birth through adolescent, young adults and patients with Special Health Care Needs. Pediatric Dentists promote the dental health of children as well as serve as educational resources for parents. Here at Kids Smile, we adhere to the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that a dental visit should occur within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by a child’s first birthday. The AAPD has said that it is important to establish a comprehensive and accessible ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient – referring to this as the patient’s “dental home”. This is because early oral examination aids in the detection of the early stages of tooth decay. Early detection is essential to maintain oral health, modify aberrant habits, and treat as needed and as simply as possible. Additionally, parents are given a program of preventative home care (brushing/flossing/fluorides), a caries risk assessment, information on finger, thumb, and pacifier habits, advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling, and information on growth and development. Establishing a “Dental Home” for your child as soon as possible allows immediate access to a Pediatric dentist , especially in emergency situations.

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