It is imperative children establish a “dental home” no later than 12 months of age. A dental home provides patients with a comprehensive assessment of oral diseases and conditions, anticipatory guidance on growth and development, as well as biannual caries risk assessments. The earlier children start seeing the dentist, the less apprehensive they are for regular dental exam/cleanings and treatment. At Golden Triangle Smiles we strive to build positive, lasting relationships with each of our patients throughout their childhood and beyond
Removal of plaque, stain and calculus from teeth by a dental professional utilizing specialized instrumentation and techniques. Often motorized rubber cups, floss and scalers are used, depending on the patient’s behavior and medical history. Proper techniques are demonstrated and reviewed with both the patient and caregiver, educating families on ideal oral hygiene practices.
Radiographs can diagnose and monitor caries, dentoalveolar trauma, and growth/development of a dental patient. At Golden Triangle Smiles, we utilize digital x-rays minimizing the radiation exposure to each patient.
Proper dental prophylaxis and maintenance every 6 months decreases the patient’s risk of dental caries and oral disease. It is also an opportunity for patients and parents to receive dietary counseling and proper oral hygiene techniques. Fluoride applications are another extremely important tool in preventing the development of cavities. It has been proven that the use of fluoride decreases the incidence of dental caries by more than 50%.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, “Pediatric dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs”. A pediatric dentist completes, at a minimum, 24 months of advanced training post completion of dental school. During this training, the dentist focuses on developing specialized dental skills and behavior management techniques unique for treating the pediatric and special needs patient.
What is a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist?
A Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist completes four years of undergrad, four years of dental school and, at minimum, two years of residency. At the end of residency, the pediatric dentist is given the opportunity to become board-certified. The individual must pass a rigorous written and oral examination covering all material from dental school and residency. With completion and passing of this examination, the candidate is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. To keep and uphold one’s diplomacy, the pediatric dentist must attend extensive yearly continuing education.