Pediatric Dentistry is the field of Dentistry focused on the treatment of children, generally up to the age of 12. Children require specific treatment tailored to their individual situation.
The Pediatric Dentist is mostly focused in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases in children and adolescents, monitoring the eruption of deciduous teeth, called "milk teeth", until their transition to the definitive dentition. This enables early detection of any problems that may arise, avoiding further intervention and ensuring healthy teeth growth.
t is important to understand that oral health problems can arise even in babies. It is recommended to see the pediatric dentist so as soon as the first tooth is born.
This first visit to Pediatric Dentistry has two main goals. On one hand, to assess child's oral health, detecting possible dental pathologies and, on the other hand, to informe parents of the more suitable oral health care for the child.
It also contributes for children to get used to attend the dentist, from an early age, avoiding the usual fears and anxieties.