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What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is dentistry for the child and the adolescent
Our office is a full-scope pediatric dental practice that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

The primary focus of most dental specialties is a particular area of dental, oral, or maxillofacial expertise. Pediatric dentistry encompasses a variety of disciplines, techniques, procedures, and skills that share common basis with other specialties, but are modified and adapted to the special needs of infants, children, adolescents and those with special health care needs.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Four things are necessary for cavities to form: 1) a tooth; 2) bacteria; 3) sugars or other carbohydrates; and 4) time. We can share with you how to make teeth strong, keep bacteria from organizing into harmful colonies, develop healthy eating habits and understand the role that time plays. Remember - dental decay is an infection of the tooth.

Importance of Primary Teeth (Baby Teeth)

It is important that primary teeth are kept in place until they are lost naturally. These teeth serve a number of critical functions.

Primary teeth:

  • Maintain good nutrition by permitting your child to chew properly.
  • Are involved in speech development.
  • Help the permanent teeth by saving space for them. A healthy smile can help children feel good about the way they look to others.

Infants and Children

Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy lifetime habits.