Family and Pediatric Dentistry
As a family dentistry in Nashville, we take great care of our young ones. Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry dealing with young people from infancy through adolescence. It deals with issues unique to that age. Young children, for example, lose their first set of teeth replacing them with “adult” teeth. Pediatric dentists watch as these new teeth develop. Of primary concern is that new teeth are healthy and aligning themselves properly. It is not uncommon for teeth to crowd themselves causing some teeth to become crooked. A common procedure performed in adolescence is to remove wisdom teeth. These are the very back teeth that, in some people, are unnecessary. If left untreated, they will cause crowding and be the source of discomfort.
Dream Dental also watch and monitor children as they grow to determine how well a child is performing daily dental hygiene. With each appointment, your dentist checks the teeth and, in some instances, coats them with a harmless dye. This dye will appear on spots where plaque is left behind. By showing children the colored areas of their teeth, Dream Dental’s dentists act like coaches giving them tips on how to better clean their teeth.
Pediatric dentists monitor the health and development of children’s teeth. If problems occur, the dentist will note them and advise parents what the proper course of action is to take. This can be anything from surgically removing teeth to advising the child sees an orthodontist who will fit them with braces designed to align crooked teeth.
As a family dentistry, children are not the only people pediatric dentists see. People with “special needs” are treated by pediatric dentists. Special needs patients can cover a wide range of things ranging from mental retardation to autism and cerebral palsy.
One of the more important roles a pediatric dentist plays is to act as a kind of psychologist. Step into the office of a pediatric dentist, and you will notice it’s not just chairs, tables and magazines. It looks more like a play area found in a daycare facility. The walls are decorated with items pleasing to children and teens. Toys are available for children to play with. The reading material is age appropriate. This is the first step in easing a child into a trusting and lifelong relationship with their dentist.
Dream Dental’s dentists are gentle and reassuring. Their goal is to take the fear out of visiting the dentist by making it as pleasant, if not enjoyable, an experience as possible.
Unhealthy and untreated teeth can be the source of physical illness. Dream Dental’s dentists work to be both proactive in dental health and aggressive in treating disease. By keeping teeth maintained, clean and aligned, our dentists will keep a child’s smile looking good. This is very important for a young person’s emotional development and overall attitude as it helps avoid any unnecessary embarrassment associated with a negative self-image.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Dentists who specialize in children’s dentistry are called pediatric dentists. The care of your child’s teeth should begin at the age of zero. Dream Dental specializes in the care of infants milk teeth. Once milk teeth are lost, our pediatric dentists will care for and treat your child through adolescence.
One of the main goals of Dream Dental, is to establish a trust and rapport with your child. Good oral health care is a daily matter. Visits to you Dream Dental should occur twice a year.
Many people have a fear of seeing their dentist. This unwarranted fear can prevent people from finding minor problems and, if left untreated, lead to much bigger problems in the future.
Dream Dental’s dentists act as coaches teach your child good oral hygiene.
Dream Dental pediatric services include the following:
- Child dietary consultation
- Routine dental check up
- Dental education and behavioral management
- Fluoride application treatment
- Cleaning and polishing teeth
- Restorations and tooth color filling of deciduous tooth
- Sealant of the permanent teeth
- Space maintainer
- Root canal treatment
Call us today to schedule your appointment for your family.