The role of the pediatric dentist has evolved from routine dental care provider into a personal dental partner who strives to deliver a comfortable dental experience and a greater understanding of dental health.
Placing a Priority on the Primary Teeth
For years, both the pediatric dentist and the parents didn’t think a baby’s primary teeth really mattered because they were going to fall out anyway. But today, the pediatric dentist has a new perspective on primary teeth. They feel that taking good care of these early teeth for as long as possible can improve later oral health. So now, pediatric dentists do as much as they can to help children maintain their primary teeth to reduce the risk of these problems:
- Misalignment resulting from missing primary teeth.
- Tooth decay spreading into permanent teeth.
- The spread of infection to permanent teeth.
- Both minor and major stages of periodontal disease.
- Long-term orthodontic treatment.
- Providing a Personal Touch in Treatment.
Helping Children Care About Dental Care
All of these new pediatric dental efforts help to distract and calm children during their entire experience, which makes them more willing to visit the pediatric dentist and take care of their teeth at home. By making dental care more personal and pleasant, kids grow up with healthier teeth, have a better outlook on going to the dentist, and are more likely to enjoy a lifetime of good dental health.