WHY A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?
A pediatric dentist only sees children and are often referred to as “pediatricians of dentistry.” They have chosen to devote themselves exclusively to the treatment of childhood and adolescent disorders. Dr. Kaelin is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, which means she completed additional years of education to specialize in treating children of all ages, including special needs. Our office welcomes patients from infancy through 18 years of age.
Dr. Kaelin is proud to acknowledge her certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. She has earned their recognition as a “diplomate” by taking it upon herself to demonstrate to the board that she is proficient in the expertise and techniques of her craft. Patient approval is the evidence of her qualification for this honor. Dr. Kaelin appreciates that her patients and their families deserve the assurance that they are being treated by a board certified professional.
PRENATAL & INFANT CARE
What Should I Know About Prenatal Dental Care?
Mothers can start their children on the path to good oral health even before they are born. If an expectant mother suffers from a periodontal disease it can cause premature birth or low birth weight, so it is important for her to keep up with regular dental procedures. The bacteria associated with poor oral health can easily be transmitted from parent to child through normal daily interactions. Parents can set an example for good habits by taking care of their own teeth.
When Should I Make The First Appointment?
Pediatric dental offices are designed to put both patient and parent at ease. The first visit can set the tone for a patient-doctor relationship that can last for years to come. Dental pediatric authorities recommend that children see a pediatric dentist as soon as the first tooth appears. This usually happens between the ages of 6-8 months.
TIPS FOR TEENS
Always brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes
Floss between your teeth daily
Avoid sugary and starchy snacks
Wear a mouthguard when you’re active
Don’t smoke or chew tobacco
Don’t pierce your lips or any part of your mouth
See your dentist at least twice a year
* Visit http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/Teens/ for healthy habits and nutrition tips for teens.
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