Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry focuses on the oral health of children from infancy through adolescence. Most infants’ teeth begin to develop and appear between six and twelve months of age. Children lose their first set of teeth around the age of 6 or 7, which are eventually replaced by a second set of teeth, their permanent teeth. Without proper dental homecare, children face possible oral decay and disease that can cause a lifetime of pain and complications.
German Dental & Neuromuscular Clinic’s pediatric expert is highly qualified to examine the child’s teeth, gums, and mouth in a comfortable environment. 

It is crucial that parents start their children’s dental visits and oral health care at an early age. It is advisable to gently wipe the gums of the baby after each feeding, even before their teeth erupt. To promote a lifetime of good oral health, it is important to make dental hygiene a part of the child’s daily routine.

Pediatric Dentists Provide Comprehensive Oral Health Care That Includes:

  • Infant oral health exams.
  • Comprehensive dental check-up.
  • Preventive dental care (fluoride application, dental sealants).
  • Interceptive orthodontics.
  • Repair of tooth cavities or defects.
  • Management of gum diseases.
  • Oral Surgery (Tooth Extraction, Exposure of Unerupted teeth).
  • Care for dental injuries (fractured, displaced or knocked-out teeth).
  • Habit counselling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking).
  • Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder.

Sedation During Pediatric Dentistry

Sedation dentistry is the use of a mild sedative (Nitrous Oxide – also known as laughing gas) to manage anxiety, irritability or agitation while children receive dental care. It may also be effective if the child has a strong gag reflex, as well as in situations where multiple procedures need to be accomplished at once. In this way, pediatric dentists can perform their necessary treatments safely and painlessly.
At GDNC your child can receive sedation with your consent, which ensures a comfortable and enjoyable experience for your child during their dental treatment(s).

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

It is recommended that a child visits a dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. It may seem early, but this visit is very important to ensure there are no signs of any tooth decay or gum issues and the teeth are erupting and developing properly.

The baby teeth also called deciduous or primary teeth (first dentition) include four incisors, two canines, and four molars in each jaw which fall out during childhood and are replaced by permanent teeth.

  • Limit your child's consumption of candy, sugary foods, and snacks.
  • Encourage your child to brush his/her teeth after each meal and especially before going to sleep.
  • Have your child brush their teeth immediately after taking medicine. Cough syrups contain sugar, which stimulates the production of acids in the mouth, causing the top layers of teeth to be attacked.
  • Promote and encourage your child to eat healthy. Choose healthy meals for your entire family.
  • Schedule regular dental check-up appointments with the dentist.

In most cases, it is very difficult to reach and clean the tiny grooves on the chewing surface of the back molars in children. This is when sealants can help prevent tooth decay and cavities. A tooth sealant is a thin layer of plastic resin applied on the chewing surface of the teeth. Ask your dentist for more details.

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