One of the most important components of treating children in our practice is showing them that visiting the dentist can be fun and informative. Dr. Toney, Dr. Burkett, and Dr. Cox have always strived to create a friendly, fun and social atmosphere for children. Often dental phobias begin in childhood and can continue into adulthood. It is of important that children have positive dental experiences and find their “dental family” as early as possible.
What Does Pediatric Dentistry Involve?
Dentists fulfill many important functions pertaining to the child’s overall oral health and hygiene. The doctor places particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of primary (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
Other important functions include:
Education – Dr. Toney, Dr. Burkett, and Dr. Cox and their hygienists educate children using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology, thus emphasizing the importance of keeping teeth strong and healthy. In addition, they advise parents on disease prevention, trauma prevention, good eating habits, and other aspects of the home hygiene routine.
Monitoring growth – By continuously tracking growth and development, Dr. Toney, Dr. Burkett, and Dr. Cox are able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves the child’s self-esteem and fosters a more positive self-image.
Prevention – Helping parents and children establish sound eating and oral care habits reduces the chances of later tooth decay. In addition to providing check ups and dental cleanings, Dr. Toney, Dr. Burkett, and Dr. Cox are also able to apply dental sealants and topical fluoride to young teeth, advise parents on thumb- sucking/pacifier/smoking cessation, and provide good demonstrations of brushing and flossing.
Intervention – In some cases, Dr. Toney, Dr. Burkett, and Dr. Cox may discuss the possibility of early oral treatments with parents. In the case of oral injury, malocclusion (bad bite), or bruxism (grinding), space maintainers and/or mouth guards may be recommended, or reconstructive surgery may be scheduled.
If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please contact our office.