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A child smiling in a dentist chair next to a sitting pediatric dentist and standing hygienist

Pediatric dentistry is a specialized branch of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of infants, children, and adolescents. It is essential to prioritize pediatric dental care as it plays a crucial role in shaping a child’s overall well-being. Pediatric dentists undergo extensive training to understand the unique dental needs and developmental stages of children.

They create a warm, welcoming, and child-friendly environment to ensure that children feel comfortable and relaxed during their dental visits. From routine check-ups to preventive treatments and dental education, pediatric dentists are dedicated to providing comprehensive care for children’s dental needs. Learn more about pediatric dentistry with the help of Cody Dental Group’s new pediatric dentist, Dr. Hazha Ibrahim.

At what age should children first go to the dentist?

According to Dr. Ibrahim, “The dental home should be established at the time of eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age to help children and their families institute a lifetime of good oral health.” This initial dental visit is essential for several reasons.

Firstly, it allows the dentist to assess the child’s oral health and identify any potential issues early on. Secondly, it helps establish a positive and comfortable relationship between the child and the dentist, creating a foundation for future dental visits. Additionally, parents can receive valuable guidance on proper oral hygiene practices, nutrition, and habits that promote good dental health for their child.

What ages do pediatric dentists treat?

“Pediatric dental specialists provide a dental home for all infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special health care needs,” states Dr. Ibrahim. Pediatric dentists understand the unique developmental stages and oral health challenges that children may face at different ages. They are trained to provide age-appropriate care, guidance, and treatment for children as they grow and transition from baby teeth to permanent teeth.

What are the benefits of seeing a pediatric dentist?

Seeing a pediatric dentist offers numerous benefits for children and their parents. Some key advantages include specialized expertise in pediatric dental health, dental growth and development monitoring, and child dental anxiety support.

Dr. Ibrahim also adds, “The pediatric dental home is inclusive of all aspects of oral health care delivered in a comprehensive, continuously accessible, coordinated, and family-centered way. Pediatric dentists provide anticipatory guidance and preventive, acute, and comprehensive oral health care and include referrals to other dental specialists when appropriate.”

How do pediatric dentists help children who may be afraid of the dentist?

Pediatric dentists are trained to help children who may be afraid of the dentist by employing various techniques and strategies to create a positive and comfortable dental experience. According to Dr. Ibrahim, “Pediatric dentists receive extensive training in behavior guidance techniques through a post-doctoral residency program. Successful treatment of pediatric dental patients depends on effective communication and developing customized behavior guidance plans dependent on the patient’s treatment needs, using non-pharmacological and pharmacological options.”

What procedures do pediatric dentists do?

Pediatric dentists are skilled in performing a wide range of procedures to address the unique dental needs of children. Dr. Ibrahim provides the following insight on this topic. “Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care that includes the following”:

  • Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries
  • Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
  • Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)
  • Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
  • Repair of tooth cavities or defects
  • Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles and pediatric periodontal disease
  • Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced or knocked-out teeth)

What should parents look for in a pediatric dentist?

When selecting a pediatric dentist for their child, parents should consider several important factors. Some things to look for include communication skills, years of experience, positive reviews, and emergency care accessibility. Dr. Ibrahim also adds, “Parents can help their child overcome their fears and establish healthy oral care from a young age by selecting a trustworthy, friendly, and qualified pediatric dentist who is able to tailor their treatment plans to each individual’s child’s needs.”

What are some common dental issues in children?

Children can experience various dental issues that require attention and treatment. Dr. Ibrahim provides the following information, “Common dental problems among children include dental caries, impacted and misaligned teeth, congenitally missing or extra teeth, traumatic injuries, and tethered tissues/frenulae affecting nursing, speech, and/or supporting structures.”

What age should a child start brushing and flossing their own teeth?

It’s important to establish a consistent oral hygiene routine early on and encourage children to take an active role in their dental care. According to Dr. Ibrahim, “Oral hygiene involves the parent and the pediatric patient. Initially, oral hygiene is the responsibility of the parent. As the child develops, home care can be performed jointly by the child and assisted by a parent.

When a child demonstrates the understanding and ability to perform personal hygiene techniques, usually around 8 years of age, the child is responsible for their own oral hygiene. The effectiveness of home care should be monitored at every recare visit, and supervision by a parent may be recommended beyond 8 years of age if there are concerns with the child’s ability to care for their own oral health.”

Dr Hazha Ibrahim - Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist

If you’re in search of a family dentist who offers exceptional pediatric dentistry services, your search ends here at Cody Dental Group. Dr. Ibrahim and our dedicated team are committed to providing comprehensive dental care for the entire family. Whether your child needs their first dental visit or ongoing dental maintenance, we are here to ensure their dental success now and in the future. Schedule an appointment with us today and give your child the gift of excellent oral health.