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What is pediatric dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry that deals with the oral health of children from birth to adolescence.
After the five years of general training for dentistry, our pediatric dentists must complete an additional three years of specialized training in the treatment of children’s dental problems and child psychology.
One of the most important elements of pediatric dentistry is child psychology.
Our children’s dentists in Addis Ababa are trained to create a friendly, child-friendly, and fun atmosphere for children, and they always avoid using threatening words, such as “drilling,” “needle” and “injection.”
Dental phobias that begin in childhood often continue into adulthood, so it is of paramount importance that children have a positive experience with dentistry.
Why see a dentist for children?
Your pediatric dentist has been specially trained to look after the dental health of your children.
He or she is in the best position to monitor the growth and development of children’s teeth, both preventively (to detect and prevent early decay, periodontal disease and ulcers, sealant application, bad habits) and curatively (decay, malocclusion, trauma).
The pediatric dentist also specializes in cosmetic dentistry, which improves the appearance of children’s teeth and smile.
Establishing a trust-based relationship with children is essential to providing quality care.
In addition to dental training, pediatric dentists study child psychology.
They are able to communicate with children in a sensitive, effective and reassuring manner.
Good oral health is essential to a child’s development, and we are here to help at every stage of a child’s dental development.
What a children’s dentist can do for your child and you
Our children’s dentists in Addis Ababa perform many important duties related to the overall oral health and hygiene of the child.
They focus on the proper oral care of the primary (baby) teeth, which play a role in facilitating proper chewing and speech, and also maintain space for the permanent teeth.
Other important functions include:
Children’s dentists educate the child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology; emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy.
In addition, they counsel parents on disease and trauma prevention, proper eating habits, and other aspects of oral hygiene habits at home.
By continuously monitoring growth and development of your children’s teeth, pediatric dentists are able to anticipate dental problems and intervene early before they become serious.
In addition, early corrective treatment maintains self-esteem and promotes a more positive self-image in children.
Helping parents and children establish a healthy diet and good oral care habits reduces the risk of late-stage tooth decay.
In addition to providing dental checkups and cleanings, our children’s dentists in Addis Ababa are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, counsel parents on stopping thumb sucking, and provide demonstrations on proper toothbrush and floss use.
In some cases, The pediatric dentists at our dental clinic in Addis Ababa may discuss with parents the possibility of early oral treatment.
In the case of an oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), a space maintainer may be used, a mouth guard may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.
When should I bring my child to the periatric dentist ?
These are reasons why you should bring your child to a children’s dentist :
- Your child has bitten his/her tongue or lips
- One of your child’s teeth is broken or fractured due to shock
- Your child’s tooth is getting loose
- There is an object caught between his/her teeth
- Your kid is having tooth pain
- Your child’s jaw has swollen after shock and he/she is feeling pain
- One of your child’s teeth has fallen unaturally due to external factors like falling from a bike
Routine reasons :
- Regular checkups
- Following growth and devellopment of your children’s teeth
- Taking preventive actions for misaligned teeth
- Taking preventive actions for dental caries
- Educating your kid about oral health maintainance
What to expect from a children’s dentist at our dental clinic in Addis Ababa ?
For children, a visit to the dentist is a different experience.
Unlike adults, children can’t always sit still and be cooperative during a dental exam or teeth cleaning.
Our children’s dentists understand this and specialize in making treatments more comfortable for the little ones.
Our dental office has special equipment that appeals to young patients.
We recommend taking your child to a children’s dentist 6 months after the first tooth appears and no later than 12 months.
The first visit usually lasts between 30 and 45 minutes, and the type of examination and treatment depends on your child’s age.
For a routine oral health exam with one of our children’s dentist in Addis Ababa, you can expect:
- A brief discussion about your child’s oral health, brushing and flossing habits.
- A thorough examination to check the growth of the teeth, gums, jaws, bite and surrounding oral tissues.
- A polishing and cleaning of the teeth to remove plaque, tartar or stains.
Our children’s dentists do not perform x-rays of baby teeth unless they suspect tooth decay or need to examine the root of a baby tooth.
It is best that young children not have x-rays unless medically necessary.
Call our teeth clinic in Addis Ababa to book an appointment for your kids’ dental treatment.