A pediatrician is a dentist who specializes in administering oral health care to children from infancy to 18 years and even 21 in some cases. Pediatricians have experience, special training and qualifications to care for children at each stage of growth in childhood. They will have earned either a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree or a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree.
The primary focus of a good pediatrician is education and prevention. If restorative services are necessary the physician is also qualified to administer this type of care.
Baby’s First Appointment
Your baby should have his/her first dentist appointment when you notice that the first tooth has become visible. First tooth eruption can occur anywhere between 6 and 8 months. If your child has no signs of possible tooth eruption by the 10th month it is best for you to schedule the baby’s first appointment as soon as possible.
This small dental device is used to keep space open between teeth to allow the permanent teeth to erupt in its proper place. Space maintainers help prevent misalignment and crooked teeth.
Bottle, Pacifier and Thumbsucking Habit Counseling
Babies and toddlers have unique dental care needs. Dr.Stout will instruct parents on how to administer proper at-home oral care. Instructions for pediatric oral health care includes ways to prevent baby bottle tooth decay and advice on how to wean the baby off of pacifiers and thumbsucking.
It is recommended that your child visit the dentist at least 1 time per year for their annual checkup. An annual checkup is the best time for parents to discuss any concerns and to learn about practices that promote good pediatric oral health.
Even if your child has a good oral hygiene routine it is recommended that they have professional teeth cleaning at least once per year. Professional teeth cleaning is a deep cleaning on a tooth by tooth basis. It is a great way to remove bacteria plaque build up in those hard to reach areas.
Tooth-colored fillings or composite fillings serve the same purpose as traditional amalgam or gold fillings. Fillings help to stop the deterioration of a tooth that has formed a cavity. Treatment for cavities is necessary to prevent a vast array of dental problems and the need for procedures to correct those issues.
Crowns and Caps
A dental crown is used to repair a damaged tooth. Children may present with cavities that are too large to fill with filling material. In these cases, the dentist may choose to place on top of the tooth a cap or crown in order to save the natural tooth.
Broken, chipped, or dislodged teeth can occur as a result of an injury. We provide an array of options for tooth repair for children in order to preserve baby and permanent teeth.
Fluoride treatments are performed to prevent wearing away of the enamel, the tooth’s outer layer. These treatments are recommended for the purpose of strengthening the teeth making it harder for bacteria to break down the enamel layer.
Dental sealants are a thin piece of plastic that blends with the appearance of the child’s natural teeth. They are a preventative measure that is used to protect the teeth in order to decrease the risk of tooth decay. Along with a daily oral care routine and annual checkups, the dental sealant can last up to 10 years.
The most common issue experienced for teenagers as it relates to extractions is wisdom tooth removal. In babies as well as toddlers an extraction may be needed to make room for adult teeth. In this case, extraction is done to avoid crowding and misalignment as permanent teeth develop.
Custom Mouth Guards
Custom mouth guards are a necessary piece of equipment for any sports activity. They work to prevent injuries by supporting the face and jaw during impact.
This treatment is used to remove the pulp from the crown and root of the tooth. Removal may be necessary when there is extensive tooth decay. Root Canal therapy is a way to preserve a tooth with a bacterial infection from further decay.
Braces & Aligners
Children may require braces or aligners to correct misaligned teeth. Aligners and braces both serve the same purpose, to guide teeth into the right position.