Pedodontics is the branch of dentistry that deals exclusively with children’s teeth. The teeth are at their most important stage when they are emerging early in life and how they are cared for then can determine their health for the rest of their life. Pedodontics focuses primarily on monitoring growth and development, preventing disease and restorative techniques for children’s teeth. As with all branches of healthcare, when it involves children there is an extra dimension of skill involved that requires the dentist to have more training. For this reason, pedodontists carry out an extra couple of years of training to specialised in the field, after their initial dental degree. This means you can be sure that your child’s teeth are in the best, most specially trained hands.
When it comes to children’s teeth, preventing tooth decay is at the very top of the tree of importance. Poor oral health in children can lead to underperformance in school as well as many social and confidence problems because of teasing. It is therefore crucial that your child’s teeth are well looked after and healthy and that they develop good oral hygiene problems early in life.
As pedodontists generally care for children in their early formative years, they deal mainly with primary, or baby, teeth. Even though these are lost at about the age of six or seven they can still have huge impact on the way the adult teeth develop. As well as prevention, they also deal with problems associated with sucking thumbs and dummies as well as any emergency issues that may arise with the dental health of young children. Ask your Toxteth dentist for more information about pedodontists or if you have any query about the health of your child’s teeth