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Dental Topics In Fort Myers, Florida

 

What Is A Pediatric Dentist?

 
A Pediatric Dentist specializes in providing quality dental care to children ranging in age from infants to teens. For a dentist to be designated in this area of specialty, they must achieve an additional 2 or 3 years of training beyond dental school. This training ensures the Pediatric Dentist is equipped to handle oral health and behavioral issues in children during the various stages of their growth and development.

Are The Primary Teeth So Important?

As a parent, you may wonder if primary teeth are a big deal. After all, if one gets knocked out, won't a permanent tooth take it's place? While the answer to the question is 'Yes,' primary teeth play an important role in the development of permanent teeth. Therefore, care of teeth from infancy through adolescence is important in order to prevent dental issues as your child grows.
 
Dental Assistant - Pediatrist in Fort Myers, FL
 

Eruption Of Your Child's Teeth

Even before your child is born your child's teeth are growing. Primary teeth usually emerge around the age of 6 months, with most of the 20 primary teeth appearing by the of age 3. Each child's growing pattern is unique so your child's pattern will vary.
Your child's permanent teeth begin migrating around the age of 6, and the process continues until they are about 21 years old. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 if you include the wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth, are third molars that can lead to issues requiring removal.

Early Infant Oral Care

Your child should begin regular dental visits within 6 months after the primary teeth appear. Our pediatric dentist will determine your child's schedule for regular visits. If your child experiences an injury or disease affecting the teeth or jaw, please contact our office to let us know.

Your Child's First Dental Visit

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that the first dental visit should occur no later than your child's first birthday. Parents are encouraged to accompany their child to their first exam and initial consultation.

Preventive Dentistry

The best way for a parent to help their child is by scheduling regular dental visits with their Pediatric Dentist. At home, encourage your child to brush and floss at regular intervals. Besides making sure they brush their teeth regularly, there are other culprits to keep an eye on such as diet issues, bad habits, and gum or tooth problems. Discuss concerns with your Pediatric Dentist who will determine if any other treatments are needed.

Adolescent Dentistry

Adolescents on the verge of adulthood pose additional challenges for parents. Do your best to be conscious of habits your teen may have developed that if untreated, could lead to problems over time. Some of these issues can include smoking, piercing of the lips or tongue, or bleeding gums. Discuss any concerns with our pediatric dentist during your scheduled visits.