What you do when your child need a dental care? Obviously, you look for a dentist and visit his clinic for medical care. But, do you know that a general dentist may treat general dental problems of your child but he need to specialise in Pediatric Dentistry if there are severe complications? Obviusly, you need a specialised Pediatric Dentist for your children?
Most of the times, we don’t take the dental issues seriously. In case of children, we are more careless and believe that their issues will resolve, once he or she loses his child teeth. But this is not a right approach, as he or she may need a serious medical care. In case your child is below 15 years of age, you need a specialised Pediatric dentist for him or her.
Who are Pediatric dentists?
Pediatric dentists are specialists who are dedicated to the oral health of children. They are approached for the dental issues of children from infancy through the teen years. A Pediatric dentist has an experience and qualifications to treat teeth, gums, and mouth of children throughout the various stages. A good Pediatric dentist can treat children from birth to college. In case your child has unique developmental issues, of or needs to be seen in a hospital for other medical conditions, a Pediatric dentist is the only option.
What do the Pediatric dentists treat?
The types of complications a Pediatric dentist treats includes the treatment of dental caries, developmental and acquired disorders, eruption anomalies, dental trauma, and the behavioural challenges. He or she also take care of the patients with special needs or developmental disabilities. Pediatric care includes:
- Teeth cleaning
- Fluoride treatments
- Diagnosis and early treatment to straighten teeth and to correct an improper bite
- Removal of Dental Cavities
- Repair for dental injuries
- Treatment and repair fractured, displaced teeth
- Gum disease management
- Preventing Pediatric periodontal disease
How a Pediatric dentist treat his patients?
Treating a child is a slow and steady kind of process that takes a lot of patience, care and compassion from the doctor’s end. We see, that children often are distracted and do not accept the treatments easily. When it comes to treating a child in the dentist’s chair, concentration of a dentist is a key. Even adults get apprehensive when they visit the doctor, children are even more distracted.
When do we need a Pediatric dentist?
Dental and mouth check-up for the children should start as soon as they are born. Healthier their mouths, more will stay healthy throughout their lives. We should ensure the regular dental check-ups for our children. Early check-ups help prevent developing cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating and other medical issues.
Qualification of a Pediatric dentist?
MDS or a master’s degree in Pediatric Dentistry is the minimum eligibility criteria for a Pediatric dentist. A candidate must have a BDS degree awarded by a recognized university/college in India. Then, he should be registered with the State Dental Council along with a compulsory one-year internship in an approved dental institution. Finally, he should get his MDS degree from a recognized institution.
- Dr. Naseem Ashraf is a founder of Mera Dental Clinic, Jasola, New Delhi.