Dr. Jeffrey Alhert, a twenty-year dental professional, believes that pediatric dentistry is key in developing the proper foundation for a healthy life.
It is important to know that pediatric dental training requires two additional years of training after dental school learning about children’s dental health and the specific needs related to pediatric oral health.
Some parents believe that they don’t really need to address pediatric dental needs until permanent teeth begin to erupt, but quality preventative care actually should begin when the first baby teeth begin to erupt. “The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages parents to visit the dental office at the eruption of the first tooth or by the age of 1. At that first visit, parents will learn how to protect their infant’s dental health. The earlier the visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease and helping their child build a cavity-free smile.”
The relationship between the pediatric dentist and patient is a partnership that includes the parents. Your dentist will work with parents to develop a program that is personalized. Your dentist should provide instruction on proper brushing techniques, flossing, and diet etc.
Engaging in early preventative pediatric dental care can provide early diagnosis and quick response to potential orthodontic issues. Pediatric dental health professionals are uniquely trained to develop a combination of office and home preventative care to ensure a healthy smile for a lifetime.
Visit checkdental.net to schedule your pediatric dental consultation or call (210) 399-3928.