Pediatric dentistry is tailored toward protecting your children's teeth from the very first visit, which is recommended at one year of age, all the way until they are teenagers and their dental needs change. Learn more about how pediatric dentistry can help protect your children's smiles by contacting your Norfolk, MA, pediatric dentists of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Shabtai Sapir.
Protecting Against Cavities
The plaque that builds on our teeth can cause cavities as the bacteria that call it home expel acids that damage our tooth enamel. Children can be especially susceptible to cavities so your dentist may suggest fluoride treatments and dental sealants to further guard against them. Dental fillings can keep the cavity from becoming bigger and can provide relief to your child.
Protecting Their Smiles
It's not just cavities that can threaten your children's smiles. If they play sports their dentist can have them fitted for a protective mouthguard. Baby teeth still need to be protected, so in case they do have an accident and lose a tooth they should be examined by their dentist. When a baby tooth falls too early it can impact the permanent tooth's eruption, so a space maintainer can be used for this purpose. These are devices that, as their name suggests, can keep the other teeth from shifting and allows for the permanent tooth to erupt correctly.
Not all children will require corrective orthodontics at a young age, but many may benefit from them even as early as seven. These are often referred to as interceptive orthodontics and they are used first while baby teeth are still present, then after a pause for all the permanent teeth to come in, the second phase begins. Interceptive orthodontics can correct a number of conditions and your child's dentist can advise you if they're necessary after an evaluation.
For children who are very anxious about having dental work done sedation dentistry can be the best solution. It is also an excellent option for children with special needs. Sedation allows for an anxiety and pain-free dental visit, and may even be possible to perform longer procedures that would typically take multiple appointments in one session.
Pediatric Dentistry in Norfolk, MA
These are just some of the ways that your pediatric dentist can keep your children's teeth healthy, so schedule a visit to the Norfolk, MA, office of Norfolk Family & Pediatric Dentistry with Dr. Shabtai Sapir by dialing (508) 850-6992.