Childhood is a time of very rapid growth and development, and that includes growth and development of the teeth and jaws. The problems kids face during this period can differ dramatically from the problems and needs of adult patients, and a dentist who specializes in pediatric dentistry can ensure those needs are met so children enjoy optimal oral health. Plus, pediatric dentists are skilled in helping kids relax during dental visits so dental anxiety and phobia can be prevented.
The exam begins with a visual exam of the child’s teeth and a review of any symptoms or concerns the child may have, followed by a thorough but gentle cleaning of each tooth to remove plaque and tartar buildup. During the cleaning, Dr. Fromzel or the hygienist will look for areas where brushing and flossing are “missing,” providing the child with tips on how to improve at-home care to avoid decay and disease. Dental x-rays also may be taken. Then, Dr. Fromzel will carefully examine each tooth to look for signs of damage or other problems that need attention, developing a plan of care that includes recommended treatment options. Finally, fluoride treatments and dental sealants may be provided, depending on the child’s needs.
Kids should see the dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and a checkup to help prevent diseases and other problems from developing. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends having the child visit the dentist for the first time by 12 months of age to help identify potential developmental issues. Beginning regular dental visits at a young age also helps prevent dental anxiety and develops a pattern of care that can set the stage for a lifetime of good oral health habits.
Yes. Dental x-rays use just a tiny amount of ionizing radiation to obtain clear images of your child’s teeth, including the portions under the gums where a routine visual examine can’t see. For children with baby teeth, x-rays can show the developing adult tooth under the gum. Plus, they can help uncover potential problems like crowding in their earliest stages so corrective or preventive care can be administered to help prevent those problems from developing. Family Dental Care of Stamford uses digital x-ray technology for the most highly-detailed images using the lowest levels of radiation.
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