Pediatric care is dedicated to the oral health of children. A child begins to grow their first set of teeth during the first six months and starts to lose them when they are six or seven years of age. During this period, it becomes mandatory to look after their dental health so that they don't face any tooth decay or disease, which can cause a lifetime of complications and pain.
At Baker Family Dentistry, we are committed to treating children's oral health problems right through infancy to teenage years and ensuring their complete oral health.
When Should You See a Pediatric Dentist?
A child should be taken to a pediatric dental exam regularly to avoid cavities, tooth decay, or gum disease and maintain good oral health. If you observe the following issues with your child's oral health, it is time to visit a pediatric dentist for consultation:
- Foul breath or dry mouth
- Swollen or bleeding gums
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain while eating
- Broken or discolored teeth
- Malocclusion (misaligned teeth)
- If a child has harmful habits like thumb sucking, pacifier use
Treatments Provided at Baker Family Dentistry
Cavities are caused due to plaque and tartar accumulation, which erodes the enamel and causes a hole in the tooth. Not brushing regularly or adequately and consuming high sugar foods and drinks are the root causes of a cavity. It can be cured by removing the tooth decay and then filling the hole with a tooth-colored composite material.
Fluoride is a natural mineral and has been an essential part of preventive dental treatment for years. It supports healthy tooth enamel and fights harmful bacteria. Regular fluoride treatment can help prevent cavities and dangerous bacteria buildup in your child's mouth. Dental sealants are preventive measures in which a thin protective coating is placed over your child's teeth, averting cavities and strengthening the teeth.
Misaligned teeth are a common problem suffered by most children. As pediatric dentists, we suggest dental braces to correct the problem. However, other methods can also be used depending on the child's age and health, such as clear braces, Invisalign, etc.
Any accidents that cause injury to the child's teeth or soft tissues can be treated at our office.
Teaching your child to correctly brush and floss twice a day, avoiding excess sugar intake, and giving them a nutritional diet along with regular dental consultations would lead to good oral health in children.
To avail pediatric dental care, visit our office, Baker Family Dentistry, at 4217 E 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47401. You can also reach us at (812) 332-2000.