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It is not uncommon for young children to feel anxious when going to visit the dentist. These fears may be the result of others' unfavorable views of going to the dentist or just the fear of the unknown. Innovative developments in children's dentistry can make dental visits more comfortable and can help your child develop a healthy attitude about receiving dental care.
Innovative diagnostic tools
Addressing tooth decay in baby teeth is important, as healthy baby teeth are necessary for chewing and giving kids confidence. Healthy baby teeth also set the stage for the proper development of primary teeth. Early detection of potential cavities or problems means less invasive treatments.
One innovative diagnostic tool is the use of transillumination to view the inside of teeth and catch problems early. Transillumination does not use any radiation and is a valuable tool in helping to detect the early formation of cavities.
Painless injection techniques
No longer does your child need to fear discomfort when having dental procedures done. Painless oral injection techniques can reduce the amount of anesthesia needed and make the process less uncomfortable. These innovative methods of administering anesthesia can help to eliminate the dreaded needle stick feeling associated with dental work.
For children who have high anxiety levels or true phobias surrounding dental visits, sedation dentistry is an option. New monitoring equipment makes pediatric sedation a safe and effective option for children.
Focus on prevention
Innovations in preventative care are rapidly expanding in children's dentistry. Science has provided dentists with a wealth of knowledge regarding how to prevent issues, such as tooth decay and premature loss of baby teeth. Children can be taught from an early age to get involved in the care of their teeth by choosing to eat healthy foods and learn proper brushing and flossing techniques.
Dental sealants can be applied to healthy teeth to help prevent cavities from developing. Fluoride treatments can help keep teeth strong and healthy. Dental space maintainers or habit-breaking appliances can aid in the proper formation of primary tooth development.
Helping your child develop a positive attitude about going to the dentist is important and should begin with their first visit. Discussing dental care in a positive way and setting a good example can be helpful. Fortunately, new developments in children's dentistry will make receiving dental care more comfortable for your child, which will help to foster a great relationship with your child and the dentist.
To learn more, contact a pediatric dentist.