Importance of Pediatric Dentistry in Carlsbad

Dr.  Chris is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist practicing in Carlsbad, CA.  With the opening of Peak Pediatric Dentistry more than 2 years ago, Dr. Chris specializes in seeing children.  What does that mean exactly?  To become a Pediatric Dentist one must first graduate from an accredited 4 year dental school.  After dental school, to become a Pediatric Dentist, a dentist must apply to Pediatric Dentistry residency programs.  Training consists of 2-3 years of rigorous hospital training that focuses on child aspects of growth and development, trauma, as well as sedation dentistry.

In the year 1900, few children are treated in dental offices and little to no instruction in the care of “baby teeth” is given in the dental school curriculum. In 1924 the first guidebook on how to treat children in the dental setting is published, and by 1935 there are 6 post graduate programs in the United States that teach Pediatric Dentistry. Until the mid 1950’s, many dentists displayed a sign that read “No children under age 13 treated in this office.”  Today those signs are gone.  Basic guidelines on how to treat children are now taught in all dental schools.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both are in agreement that a routine dental appointment be at or before 12 months. 

There are many beneficial reasons for an early evaluation including to be able to discuss oral hygiene techniques, pacifier and bottle usage, as well as dietary advice.   During the early days, dentistry was treatment oriented; clinicians lacked the ability to properly communicate with children.  As a result, dentists wouldn’t start seeing children until after the age of three.  This age was for too old to properly be effective from a prevention standpoint.  To be effective, prevention needs to be discussed at or before a child’s first birthday.   

In future blog posts, I will be discussing more about Pediatric Dentistry and prevention, most importantly maternal intervention as a way to prevent passing dental disease on to the children.  At Peak Pediatric Dentistry we pride ourselves on prevention! Schedule an oral hygiene appointment today and let’s discuss some nutrition strategies on how to prevent cavities.  Come see what makes Peak Pediatric Dentistry different!

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