This week, ZweibachandPeace is happy to welcome guest blogger, Grace Beckett to our humble nook. Although ZweibachandPeace is generally a blog about pacifism and social justice, we are also always open for suggestions and writing on new and important topics. Thus, when Grace stepped forward and offered a blog post on pediatric dentistry we were very happy to include her writing on this blog. Now, you may be wondering, “how does pediatric dentistry have anything to do with Christianity?” The answer: our bodies are Temples and we should take care of our bodies! (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+6:19-20). Dentistry is one way (along with fitness and healthy eating) that we can be good stewards of the bodies that have been entrusted to us by our Creator. Additionally, lack of good dental hygiene and care can result in larger health problems – the more healthy we are the better able we are to love and serve on others! So, I’d encourage you to read this blog with an open mind and to consider the importance of pediatric dentistry in the lives of our kids and grandkids! Thank you, Grace, for your hard work in making this article possible!
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It is often suggested by medical and dentistry experts that children should start getting routine dental checkups done at an early age so as to maintain good dental health. So pediatric dentistry is a very important aspect of your child’s oral healthcare.
Your child’s teeth can be protected from decay and cavities if early checkups are undertaken. Otherwise, if the situation gets worse, it can lead to issues like excessive pain, concentration issues and so on. Children who have a healthy mouth and strong teeth are easily able to chew all kinds of food, have a clear speech and a confident bright smile too.
Pediatric dentistry over general dentistry
Sometimes you come across some general dentists who treat children as if they are young adults. Make sure you do some good research on the pediatric dentists practicing in your neighborhood and also use referrals as well as family contacts to reach the right person.
There is a reason why children need to be taken to pediatric dentists. It is because there is a vast difference in treatments undertaken in pediatric dentistry and it requires specific training, which is not received by general dentists.
Benefits of early dental checkups
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association, by the age of one, a kid should ideally be taken to visit a dentist. This could also hold true when the child gets his or her first tooth. A visit to the dentist is actually an opportunity for parents and caretakers to understand how to take good care of their child’s dental health and keep their teeth free from any cavity or decay.
For instance, in pediatric dentistry, doctors deal with several young patients who suffer from cavities as a result of sleeping with a milk or juice bottle in their mouth. The dentist can explain the exact reason for cavity in the child’s teeth to the parents so that it could be avoided in the future. Pediatric dentists give insights into several aspects of pediatric dentistry such as:
- Reasons for the tooth decay
- Getting children used to drinking juice or milk from a cup at an early age
- Proper brushing of teeth
General insights: Dental care for young children
- Use any toothbrush with soft bristles and a small head to remove bacteria-causing residue from your child’s mouth. There are toothbrushes, which are specially designed for infants. Make sure to brush minimum once a day, preferably before bedtime
- Habits such as thumb sucking only create problems if they are continued for a long period of time
- It is a good idea to avoid putting any liquid apart from water in the child’s bottle at the time of sleeping
About the author
Grace is an expert working with Kid’s choice dental, a company providing pediatric dentistry. She loves writing about medical articles for kids and parents. Other fields which interest her are fitness and social media.