Pediatric dentistry is one of the 9 recognized dental specialties. It focuses on the oral health care of children from birth through adolescence. Pediatric dentists complete 2-3 years of additional training, including training in child psychology, to meet the needs of children and individuals with special needs. We welcome you to call AZ Dental at 408-437-1111 to schedule your child’s appointment with Dr. Allan Pang and learn more about pediatric dentistry in San Jose, California.
Pediatric dentistry emphasizes proper care and maintenance of primary teeth, which are critical to helping children develop good chewing habits and proper speech production, and hold the places of the permanent teeth. The other goal of pediatric dentistry is to help children feel comfortable in a dental office and develop positive associations with visiting the dentist.
Other services provided by pediatric dentists include:
- Education – it is important for children and their parents to learn how to properly care for their teeth and gums. Pediatric dentists help teach children good oral hygiene habits, and give parents the knowledge the need to help their child learn good home care routines and avoid tooth decay, trauma, and gum disease.
- Monitoring growth and development – pediatric dentists track your child’s oral growth and development to anticipate dental problems and quickly provide treatment before they worsen. Earlier treatment also gives your child a better self-image and helps preserve his or her self-esteem.
- Prevention – one of the most important roles of a pediatric dentist is to provide preventive care. Routine checkups and establishing good oral care habits reduces the likelihood of cavities and other problems later in life. This includes cleanings, exams, dental sealants, fluoride treatments, thumb-sucking cessation, and demonstrations of proper brushing and flossing.
- Intervention – when necessary pediatric dentists will recommend and provide early oral treatments for bad bites, bruxism (teeth grinding) or other problems.
To learn more about pediatric dentistry and schedule your child’s appointment, please contact our office.