What Ages Do Pediatric Dentists Treat?
treat babies, children, and teenagers up to age 18. We recommend your child see a pediatric dentist for specialized care while they’re still growing. If you have any additional questions, don't hesitate to contact us!
Unlike a general dentist, a pediatric dentist undergoes at least two extra years of training after dental school to learn how to work with children and those with special needs. Continue reading to learn how your child’s pediatric dentist can help them maintain a healthy smile as they grow older.
Ages Treated by a Pediatric Dentist
The American Dental Association recommends you take your child to the dentist for their first appointment after they get their first baby tooth and no later than their first birthday. In addition to preventive care, a pediatric dentist is able to diagnose tongue tie if you notice your baby has a band of tissue restricting the tongue’s movement.
Tongue tie is a condition present at birth where a strip of tissue connects the tip of your child’s tongue to the base of their mouth. Our pediatric dentists will be able to refer your child to the appropriate specialist for tongue tie surgery.
A pediatric dentist is your partner in helping your child learn healthy oral hygiene habits. For example, a pediatric dentist can help your child learn the importance of brushing teeth twice a day to keep the “sugar bugs” (plaque) away. We understand how to communicate with children in a way they understand so they can develop healthy habits early in life.
After your child’s first appointment with us, they’ll need to continue seeing one of our pediatric dentists every 6 months for a teeth cleaning and oral examination. It’s not uncommon for toddlers to be apprehensive about going to a new place and having a stranger examine their teeth. Fortunately, our pediatric dentists have years of experience working with children to help ease dental anxiety. We even offer laughing gas, which is safe for patients of all ages.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting American children. Fortunately, your child’s pediatric dentist can help prevent tooth decay so your child can enjoy a healthy smile.
A pediatric dentist may recommend dental sealants to cover the biting surface of back teeth. That way, plaque and food particles won’t be able to hide where it’s harder for your child to reach with a toothbrush. This is just one of the many ways a pediatric dentist can look out for your child’s oral health.
Certain oral health needs are unique to teenagers. For example, if your teen participates in contact sports, you should ask a pediatric dentist to make him or her a. A mouth guard from a pediatric dentist offers a superior level of comfort and protection compared to what you could find at a sporting goods store. That way, you don’t have to worry about your child’s season being cut short by a dental emergency.
Our pediatric dentists are dedicated to helping young patients maintain healthy smiles. To schedule your child’s appointment with one of our pediatric dentists in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia, call Children’s Dental Care today.