Pediatric dentistry (formerly Pedodontics/Paedodontics) primarily focuses on children from birth through adolescence. Here at Lifesmiles Family Dentistry, we consider children’s oral health one of our top priorities.
When should my child first see the dentist?
We recommend that most children have their initial dentist visit around 2 years old.
Why should I take my child to the dentist?
At Lifesmiles Family Dentistry, we believe that developing an early “Dental IQ” will help a child foster a healthy attitude towards caring for their teeth and oral health. Studies have proven that oral health is a primary component of overall health, and it’s no different with children. Caring for a child’s deciduous (baby) teeth is an important pathway for healthy adult teeth to come.
One of the most important components of pediatric dentistry is child psychology. We’ve created a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for children, and always avoid threatening words like “drill,” “needle,” and “injection.” Dental phobias beginning in childhood often continue into adulthood, so we make sure that children and their parents have positive experiences and find their “dental home” as early as possible.
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
Dr. Gawlik fulfills many important functions pertaining to your child’s overall oral health and hygiene. He and his staff place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (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 – The Lifesmiles staff can educate your child using models, computer technology, and child-friendly terminology. In a friendly environment, we emphasize 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 tracking growth and development, the Lifesmiles staff is able to anticipate dental issues and quickly intervene before they worsen. Also, working towards earlier corrective treatment preserves your 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. Gawlik is 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.
If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please contact Lifesmiles Family Dentistry.