Here at Jon C. Packman DDS, we are experts in pediatric dentistry. We love to take care of kids and their teeth. We even have a cavity-free club for kids!
Dentistry for kids, otherwise known as pediatric dentistry, caters for the dental health of kids during the growth and development stages. Kids’ dental structures need close attention as they grow and develop. Pediatric dental care is essential if you want your kid to end up with a perfect set of teeth.
Pediatric dentistry encompasses several preventive and restorative procedures. Your kid requires an occasional dental checkup session, just as much as you do. The first dental checkup for your kid should come within the first two years. They should be getting checked up every six months from then, just like any other person.
Pediatric dentistry mainly revolves around routine hygiene checkups and exams, and orthodontic treatment. Soft tissue correction procedures are also part of dentistry for kids.
Routine Hygiene Checkups and Dental Exams
These are done, just like they would be done on an adult. It is important that you teach your kid to practice good oral hygiene and ensure they do. Even then, brushing and flossing at home is not enough. You still need to ensure your kid’s teeth have been professionally cleaned from time to time.
Our pediatric dentists will help you and your kid maintain good oral hygiene. They will demonstrate the various ways in which your kid can keep their teeth in perfect condition. Dental exams are conducted to ensure the kid does not develop any dental condition, and if they do, they are treated in good time.
Orthodontic procedures are arguably the most common in pediatric dentistry. Quite often, kids’ teeth will be misplaced or out of shape, especially when they start growing permanent teeth. Orthodontics involves the use of braces and aligners to properly position the teeth.
Orthodontic procedures can also be carried out on adults, but they are usually more effective when they are done when one is still a kid. Regular dental exams will help identify when your kid needs orthodontic care.
Soft Tissue Corrections
These are done to kids born with some special conditions. They mainly involve lip or tongue releases, or cleft lip repairs. These are restorative procedures that repair lip and tongue deformities that a kid might have been born with so that their mouth can function properly.
It is easy to conduct these restorative procedures while the kid is still young. They usually heal faster, and the results are much always much better.
Pediatric dental care is essential for your kid and should never be overlooked. Our dentists will create a checkup and exam schedule for you, to ensure close attention is paid to the growth and development of your kid’s dental structures.
Call Jon C. Packman DDS at (704) 978-7060, today and find out more about dentistry for kids. You can ask any questions that you might have. Better yet, bring your kid to us, and we will be happy to check them and address any issues that might be there.