Pediatric dentists primarily treat children—from infants to teenagers—diagnosing, treating and helping prevent a wide range of oral problems.
Your child should see a dentist as soon the first tooth erupts in his or her mouth, which is usually around six months. If your child does not see a dentist at this time, the first dental checkup should occur no later than his or her first birthday.
The majority of patients will not have any serious issues. Dentists of young patients will mostly perform routine dental services, such as checkups and cleanings. During these regular checkups, dentists can also evaluate and monitor tooth development and correct any problems early.
Pediatric dentists also address common oral problems, like treating gingivitis or filling cavities. They may also repair teeth that have been chipped, broken or knocked out.
A dentist might give a parent advice on how to put a stop to bad habits that can harm a child's teeth, such as thumb-sucking or using a pacifier. Importantly, dentists can show you and your children exactly how to brush and floss your teeth.