We focus on the overall oral health care of infants, children, adolescent, and special needs patients, in developing our patient’s oral health by establishing an early connection with our them, their parents, and caregivers. This relationship is possible thanks to setting the concept of the Dental Home in the patients' mind, and this provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep the child free from dentaloral diseases.
More and more our main specialty focus is on prevention, the early detection, and treatment of dental diseases and we can accomplish this by having fun and pleasant visits to the pediatric dental office. Promoting and establishing trust and confidence with your child, and it will last a lifetime!.
During my fifty years of experience in dentistry, I have had the pleasure to have treated the parents of my current patients. Although they have grown older, they still remember the foundation of trust we build since their first dental appointments until their adulthood arrived. This is possible thanks to a suitable communication style among us, the pediatric dentist goal along with the staff is to help all children feel good about visiting the pediatric dentist and to teach parents, caregivers, as well as the child how to take good care for their teeth.
This first dental visit should follow what I call the "One & One" rule; shortly after the first tooth eruption happens and no later than your child first birthday.
Is in this first visit that we introduced the parent and the child to the following:
1-A program of preventive home care including instructions about how to properly brush the teeth, flossing, the importance of the appropriate fluoride application, as well as a healthy diet.
2-Guidelines and information on the causes of early childhood caries and how to prevent them, for example, we discuss that sometimes cavities occur due to inappropriate nursing habits or the constant drinking of juices or sweetened beverages while using the of Sippy cups
3- A detailed description of how oral habits can lead to the formation of malocclusions, such as the bad use of thumb and pacifiers sucking habits.
4-Discuss about teeth trauma. What parents need to know about preventing these injuries and why are they essential, What to do in case of shock happens and make them understand that the approach pediatric dentist follow is that the primary teeth are holding the space while the permanent teeth are forming.
5- Introduce the notion of growth and development, regarding tooth size, discrepancies and other anomalies, which if detected at the right moment can prevent malocclusions.
If the patient grows in their teen years and he or she becomes an adolescent, they will still need a Pediatric Dentist to provide the treatment in this transitional age, since the dental patient now is in a very crucial period, the methodology to follow is different. At this period of their lives, they are far more concerned about their appearance, their self-image has become very important to them, and while some of the adolescent patients are mostly concerned on how inadequately positioned their teeth or jaws are, leaning towards a cosmetic treatment. Moreover, the pediatric dentist will evaluate if the patients frequently keep unhealthy snacks, favor to drink sweet beverages as part of their regular diet.
In these visits, the relationship of the pediatric dentist-patient and parent evolves to the following:
1-Provide a guidance in regards to the alignment of teeth to erupt properly. During this transitional age from child to adolescence, early detection of malocclusions is crucial to avoid further, more extended and comprehensive treatments. If teeth are missing or impacted, we can help patients in a first stage mode, by providing preventive or interceptive orthodontia. The placements of appliances to correct habits, extracting the teeth that are interfering with the eruption of the permanent teeth, or just observing and follow up guiding teeth toner up and aligned correctly are some of the techniques we can do to save time only if detected on time.
2- Introduce early preventive treatments, such as sealants or the so-called minimal invasive restoration “no drilling fillings.”
3 - Follow up wisdom teeth growth, as well as mandibular growth, if detected on time the proper referral to an oral surgeon and orthodontist can be very beneficial.
4 -Advise preventive dental health care appropriate for this age, especially by providing information regarding oral piercing, tobacco and alcohol use and many other “trends” that can interfere not only with their oral health but also with their mental health.
Moreover, last but not least special needs patients are an integral part of our specialty, providing caring services to these patients are a concern of the pediatric dentist field. People or children with significant medical, physical or mental disabilities often present challenges to the dentist; however, our training allows us to address their dental needs and provide the best care possible to bring a smile to them!
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