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Pediatric dentistry is a specialization within the field of dentistry. A pediatric dentist limits his or her practice working only with children, from infants through adolescence. Our pediatric dentists at Dentists of Hinsdale Lake have the necessary training to the meeting the dental care needs of your children. Here are some of the benefits of having a pediatric dentist treat your children.
A pediatric dentist can work with you if your baby’s teething is delayed for some reason. Healthy development of the teeth and jaws allows a baby to properly wean from feeding and move on to eating solid foods. If a baby’s teeth don’t erupt on time or properly, it can actually impact their speech development.
Malocclusion or Poorly Aligned Teeth
Pediatric dentists often work with children to straighten misaligned teeth. A malocclusion occurs when the upper and lower jaws don’t meet correctly when the mouth is closed. This can cause pain if the child is always inadvertently biting himself or herself on the tongue or the inside of the mouth. A malocclusion can also cause speech problems and difficulty eating. A pediatric dentist from Dentists of Hinsdale Lake can also help if your child needs braces to correct misaligned teeth.
Tooth Decay and Dental Caries
Tooth decay and caries (cavities) are by far the most common issues that pediatric dentists help children with. Even though a child will shed their milk teeth or “baby teeth” eventually, these teeth still need to be cared for properly. Children may not remember to brush and floss their teeth as regularly as adults. They also enjoy sweets and sticky foods, which increase the likelihood of tooth decay. A pediatric dentist will work to help correct these problems, and will also help with educating your child about proper dental hygiene.
Children are just as likely as adults to develop cavities, gingivitis and other problems. Therefore, it’s important that your child sees a pediatric dentist on a regular twice-a-year schedule. Contact Dentists of Hinsdale Lake today if you need pediatric dentistry services for your children.