Pediatric Dentist in Buffalo, NY
Todd Shatkin DDS is an experienced pediatric dentist providing affordable dental care for children throughout Western New York. Contact Aesthetic Associates Centre today to arrange your free consultation for your child.
A child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist can be a scary and intimidating experience. As a parent, you want this experience to be as painless as possible. While all general dental practices can treat children, pediatric dentistry focuses on the special needs of children, including making them feel safe and secure during their first visit to the dentist. This specialized form of dentistry takes a young child’s fear into consideration, while providing the specialized care that new teeth need.
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry specializes in the treatment of children from infancy to their late teen years.
When it comes to oral care, pediatric dentistry focuses on things such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants, working to promote good dental health from an early start. They will take the time to educate both you and your child on things like nutritional habits for healthy teeth, how to properly brush and floss teeth, and address potential issues, such as thumb sucking, that can contribute to dental issues and tooth alignment as your child gets older.
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A pediatric dentist specializes in dental issues common with children. For instance, the premature loss of a baby tooth due to injury or decay can affect the development and alignment of an adult tooth. Spacers put in place can help prevent other baby teeth from shifting and maintain the location for the adult tooth to erupt through the gum.
As a pediatric dentist monitors your child’s oral care from the start, they can watch the growth and placement of teeth, keeping an eye out for early signs of alignment issues and recommend early orthodontic care. If your child sucks their thumb, the pediatric dentist may recommend an oral appliance that helps deter thumb sucking and the complications in alignment it can cause.
While many parents wait until their child has a full set of teeth to visit a dentist, it is recommended that a child have their first dental visit around their first birthday, even if they don’t have very many teeth. This allows the dentist to spot possible problems, like missing baby teeth.
A pediatric dentist focuses on patients from their first dental visit, making it a much for comfortable experience for both you and your child.
How Do Pediatric Dentists Give My Child an Advantage?
When it comes to healthy teeth, good oral hygiene is your best line of defense! Pediatric dentists know the importance of starting out with good habits and they work with parents and children, educating them in proper oral care. They will spend the time teaching your child how to brush and floss their teeth, often making it fun with chewable tablets that color the plaque to show children where they missed when brushing.
They will talk with you and your child about good eating habits and how too many snacks and sweets can contribute to tooth decay. As adult teeth begin to erupt, a pediatric dentist will recommend sealants to extend the health of the teeth as your child gets older. As your child enters school, they may decide to play team sports, a leading cause of dental injuries. A pediatric dentist may recommend a custom mouthguard to help protect the teeth as your child plays.
Does My Child Need a Pediatric Dentist?
All general dentists can treat children and address childhood dental issues. The benefits of pediatric dentistry begin with the fact that all they treat is children. They are comfortable treating young children and know how to make them feel comfortable.
While many pediatric dentists have their own practices, you can also find family dental practices that offer general dentists and a pediatric dentist all under one roof. This is beneficial in a couple of ways. Not only can your entire family be seen at the same practice, but as your child grows into adulthood, they can move to a general dentist in the same practice. At Aesthetic Associates Centre, we treat patients of all ages and would love to educate your child on proper oral care.
As many children reach adulthood, seeing a dentist is often overlooked. Being familiar with a dental group and having an established care program in place is often enough to continue dental care as they get older.
If you are interested in learning more about pediatric dentistry and how we can help start your little one off right, give us a call today and set up their first appointment with Dr. Todd Shatkin at the Aesthetic Associates Centre. With over 30 years of experience providing exceptional dentistry for kids and patients of all ages, he is sure to put a smile on your child’s face.
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