Pediatric dentists are dedicated to the oral health & dental needs of a child. Pediatric dentists offer a broad range of treatment for infants, children, and adolescents including children with special
Children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable. In addition, pediatric dentists use specially designed equipment in offices that are arranged and decorated with children in mind.
A pediatric dentist offers a wide range of treatment options, as well as expertise and training to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth. Apart from the treatment aspect of this branch, it educates parents about preventive
oral health care.
A child’s teeth grow and change through time. Early routine checkups at the dentist can
help your child have a happy, healthy smile. The most common misconception among patients
is that since the milk teeth are shed at an early age, there isn’t a need to take proper care of the
child’s teeth. But the truth is quite the opposite. Tooth decay in a child’s teeth can lead to
decay in the permanent teeth as well. Early childhood caries(decay), gum diseases, etc are very
common complaints among children.
Your dentist can not only offer treatments but also educate the parents about healthy
brushing habits, the importance of flossing and various other preventive measures. It is important
to get your child acquainted with the dentist as early as possible to have a healthy smile
throughout their lives.
Another topic which is commonly addressed is your child’s eating and nursing habits.
Typically, food containing high sugar and starch should be limited.
Regular dental checkups can help you intercept any possible orthodontic problems at a
very early age. For example, problems with teeth crowding, spacing, etc, can be prevented if
there are routine checkups at the dentist’s. Abnormal oral habits like thumb sucking, nail
biting, mouth breathing can also be intercepted at a young age and can be modified at the
A special needs child is someone who has mental, physical, emotional and developmental
issues. Pediatric dentistry also deals with the dental needs of a special child. Some of the
disabilities like Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy, bipolar disorders, etc., hamper a child’s
ability to take care of his/her oral health. With a special needs child, a pediatric dentist can
anticipate and treat any dental problems with ease. It is important to get a special child get
accustomed to the dentist for a healthy oral cavity at the earliest, as it is crucial to the child’s
1. RESTORATIVE TREATMENTS: Like adults, this branch of dentistry offers a wide range of
restorative treatments. Tooth-colored fillings for shallow cavities, pulpectomy or
pulpotomy for deep cavities are few of the procedures done to repair the damage to a
child’s teeth due to decay.
2. ORTHODONTIC TREATMENTS: Many of common orthodontic problems in adults can
simply be avoided if caught at an early age. A regular visit to the dentist can help you
understand the potential problems of crowding and spacing in your child’s mouth.
Abnormal oral habits like mouth breathing, thumb sucking, etc., can be easily broken
with habit breaking appliances. Space maintainers- as the name suggests-maintains the
space in the jaw, giving time to the permanent teeth to erupt.
3. EXTRACTIONS: Extractions, just like in adults, is a common procedure done to remove a
tooth which is beyond treatable. In children, it is also done if the milk tooth hasn’t shed
in time to accommodate the permanent teeth.
4. CLEFT LIP AND CLEFT PALATE: Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects in children,
resulting in incomplete closure of the lip and palate in a child. This developmental defect
can lead to difficulty in feeding, swallowing, speech problems, nose infections, etc. This
defect can be repaired with the help of surgery in young patients to restore normal
functions and with minimal scarring.