What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?

Our Burke Pediatric Dentists Give a Brief Explaination of The Services We Provide

A Pediatric dentist or Pedodontist treats infants and children throughout adolescence. There are nine fields of dental specialties and Pediatric Dentistry is one of them. Dentists in this field provide a wide range of treatments.

Pediatric Dentists undertake an additional two or three years of child-specific training after fulfilling dental school requirement. They also train in child psychology in addition to receiving dental training, which enables them to better communicate with children.

Should My Child See a Pediatric Dentist?

Parents should take their child to see a pediatric dentist for the following reasons:

  1. So they may ask the dentist questions about new or ongoing oral health issues with their child.
  2. To find out whether the child is at risk for developing cavities.
  3. To get information about stopping unhealthy orabl habits (thumb sucking).
  4. For preventative treatments (fluorides and sealants).
  5. In order to receive reports about how the child’s teeth and jaws are growing and developing.

Random Fun Dental Fact:

Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body; because it’s so durable, healthy tooth enamel protects teeth from cavity-causing oral bacteria. The enamel in your teeth is actually stronger than steel, but is much more brittle.

How Our Burke Pediatric Dental Office Is Different Than Other Dental Offices

Golden Pediatric Dentistry Office in Burke, VA is colorful, fun, and child-friendly. We feel that it is essential that your child feel comfortable, safe, and trusts their dentist from the outset. Our pediatric dentists focuses on several different forms of oral care.

What’s The Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a Regular Dentist?

What's The Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a Regular Dentist?

Diagnosis & Examinations
Dental Exams, X-rays, and computer imaging allow our pediatric dentists to predict and correct future oral problems in your child. Examples include overbites, underbites, teeth grinding, and jaw irregularities. In some cases, it’s best to correct these issues early in childhood. Our Burke Pediatric Dental office provides expert diagnosis and preventitive treatment.

Dental Treatment
In addition to preventative treatments (fluoride and sealant applications), a Pediatric Dentist also performs pulp therapy and treats oral trauma. If primary teeth are lost too soon, a pedodontist will provide space maintainers to ensure that your childs teeth do not become misaligned.

Oral Education
Teaching good oral hygiene is a major part of any pediatric dentist’s duties. Not only can your child’s dentist help him or her understand the importance of daily oral care, but will provide parents with information on which tooth paste to use, proper diet, how to stop thumb-sucking, and a wide range of related topics.

Other Treatments
Pediatric dentists treat a range of oral health issues in children. Other common services Pediatric Dentists provide are: filling cavities, removing teeth, fixing broken teeth and treating sensitive teeth. They administer anesthetics for certain procedures and are able to write prescriptions for antibiotics and pain medications. A Pediatric Dentist can also identify instances in which orthodontic or surgical work is necessary or advisable. For instance, pediatric dentists identify when teeth need to be straightened and refer patients for orthodontics, another service we offer under the same roof at Golden Pediatrid Dentistry & Orthodontics.

Reports & Updates
Pediatric dentists are experts about the latest advances in the field of child dentistry. For example, Xylitol (a popular natural sugar substitute) has recently been shown to protect young teeth against cavities, harmful bacteria, and tooth decay. Children who don’t normally see a dentist regularly can miss out on beneficial information and the latest advancements in dental procedures.

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