Back to School Means Back to the Dentist

August 11, 2017

In anticipation of another a new school year, there is much to do, especially in the way of shopping and appointments for the kids, and that includes dentist appointments, too. There is a lot to cram into August, but we feel, and so do your kids’ teachers, that it’s best to visit the dentist for preventive care when school is out of session.

Learning comes first!

A lot of PERFECT TEETH patients who are also parents inquire about the best timing for dental care among kids as well as other pediatric dentistry issues, so we’re taking this chance to “school” you on dental care for kids.

First, What Is Pediatric Dentistry?

It’s like it sounds. Pediatric dentistry is dentistry for the developing mouth of children. Much like a pediatrician who specializes in the development of children’s bodies and medical issues specific to children, a pediatric dentist knows the ins-and-outs of the proper growth of the jaw, placement of baby and adult teeth, and dental problems common among children.

Pediatric dentists also have an affinity for children and know how to make trips to the dentist fun and comfortable for young ones starting at age one all the way through those teenage years.

Pediatric dentists typically complete a two-year residency training in dentistry for infants, children, teens, and children with special needs to further their skills in working with a young population. (Source: Healthy Childern)

Second, Is it That Important to See a Pediatric Dentist?

Whether you choose to see a pediatric dentist or not is a personal choice. Some families have one dentist they see throughout their lives and would not consider another, and that’s fine! What’s most important is that your children see the dentist regularly and that you are comfortable with the care you and your children receive.

Third, Does PERFECT TEETH Have Its Own Pediatric Dentists?

We sure do! We’re proud to accommodate patients of all ages, including kids. Find a pediatric dentist near you on the PERFECT TEETH website.

Fourth, What Dental Issues Will the Dentist Look for In My Child?

Pediatric dentists, like dentists for adults, do standard exams and cleanings in addition to other treatments required by the patient’s circumstances. Here is a small list of some of the most common dental problems seen by pediatric dentists:

  • dental caries, the scientific name for tooth decay or cavities
  • thumb-sucking
  • bleeding gums as a result of gum disease or other conditions
  • dental injuries like cracked or knocked-out teeth

Fifth, When Is the Best Time to See a Dentist?

Ideally, you would take your children in to see their dentist in the summer and during other school breaks so as not to disrupt the classroom or interfere with extra-curricular activities. Many pediatric dentists work to accommodate their young patients by offering early appointments before school hours as well as appointments later in the day, too.

Whenever you choose to take your child to the dentist, make sure you get those teeth checked out twice a year or about every six months.

Is it time for your child’s dentist appointment? Schedule your child’s next appointment with PERFECT TEETH today!