Unfortunately, there’s a not-too-uncommon belief that primary (baby) teeth aren’t that important because they fall out at an early age. However, the truth is that primary teeth actually play a critical role for your child because of the following reasons:
- Primary teeth serve as the guides for the eruption of the permanent teeth. These teeth will keep the proper spots open for the permanent teeth. If any primary teeth fall out early, the permanent teeth may end up shifting around and end up being misaligned. Your child’s primary teeth should fall out naturally when the permanent teeth start pushing against their roots.
- Your child’s primary teeth will help with several different important daily activities. These include chewing properly and speaking clearly.
- By taking care of his or her own primary teeth, your child will develop great dental and oral hygiene habits.
Pediatric dentists promote the dental health of children as well as serve as educational resources for parents. Additionally, parents are given a program of preventative home care (brushing/flossing/fluorides), a caries risk assessment, information on a finger, thumb, and pacifier habits, advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling, and information on growth and development.
Responsibilities of a pedodontist:
- Diagnosing oral diseases.
- Promoting oral health such as cleanings and fluoride treatments and disease prevention.
- Creating treatment plans to maintain or restore the oral health of their patients.
- Interpreting x-rays and diagnostic tests.
- Ensuring the safe administration of anesthetics.
- Monitoring growth and development of the teeth and jaws.
- Performing surgical procedures on the teeth, bone and soft tissues of the oral cavity.
- Repairing or filing of decaying teeth.
- Fixing dental injuries, including fractured, displaced, and knocked out teeth.