What Ages Do Pediatric Dentists Treat?
treat babies, children, and teenagers up to age 18. We recommend your child see a pediatric dentist for specialized care while they’re still growing.
Unlike a general dentist, a pediatric dentist undergoes at least two extra years of training after dental school to learn how to work with children and those with special needs. Continue reading to learn how our pediatric dentists help children maintain healthy smiles as they grow older.
Ages Treatable By A Pediatric Dentist
The American Dental Association recommends you take your child to the dentist for their first appointment after they get their first baby tooth and no later than their first birthday. In addition to preventive care, our pediatric dentists are able to diagnose tongue tie if you notice your baby has a band of tissue restricting the tongue’s movement.
Tongue tie is a condition present at birth where a strip of tissue connects the tip of your child’s tongue to the base of their mouth. Our pediatric dentists will be able to refer your child to the appropriate specialist for tongue tie surgery.
A pediatric dentist is your partner in helping your child learn healthy oral hygiene habits. For example, our pediatric dentists can help your child learn the importance of brushing teeth twice a day to keep the “sugar bugs” (plaque) away. We understand how to communicate with children in a way they understand so they can develop healthy habits early in life.
After your child’s first appointment with us, they’ll need to continue seeing one of our pediatric dentists every 6 months for a teeth cleaning and oral examination. It’s not uncommon for toddlers to be apprehensive about going to a new place and having a stranger examine their teeth. Fortunately, our pediatric dentists have years of experience working with children to help ease dental anxiety. We even offer laughing gas, which is safe for patients of all ages.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tooth decay is the most common chronic disease affecting American children. Fortunately, our pediatric dentists can help prevent tooth decay so your child can enjoy a healthy smile.
Our pediatric dentists may recommend dental sealants to cover the biting surface of your child’s back teeth. That way, plaque and food particles won’t be able to hide where it’s harder for your child to reach with a toothbrush. This is just one of the many ways our pediatric dentists look out for your child’s oral health.
Certain oral health needs are unique to teenagers. For example, your teenager may be more likely to snack throughout the day. This could increase their risk for tooth decay and gum disease from plaque buildup.
If your teen participates in a contact sport, they may also have a higher risk of having a dental emergency due to a blow to the face. Ourunderstand these concerns and will be sure to talk to your teen about their risk factors for injury or tooth decay during their next appointment.
Drs. Stephanie Kloostra and Taryn Weil are pediatric dentists in Hudsonville, MI. To schedule an appointment for your child to see one of our pediatric dentists, call Hudsonville Dental Kids at (616) 209-4039.