Dr. Scott Bialik – Pediatric Dentistry

Serving Brookfield, Bethel, Ridgefield, Newtown, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sandy Hook, Southbury and the Greater Danbury, CT area. Also serving Carmel, Patterson, and Brewster NY

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Children are very precious. Every parent hopes that their child will go through life without encountering the obstacles that they themselves have stumbled over. One such obstacle is that of dental decay.

An early start including regular dental check-ups is a very important step. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children begin routine dental visits right around the time the first tooth erupts. This way any developing problems may be detected, treated early, or avoided all together. Also, at this age a pediatric dentist can help you with suggestions about infant oral health care, how to decrease teething discomfort, prevention of dental decay, and a gamut of other child related topics.

Why should I bring my child to a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatrician is specially trained to care for your child’s medical needs, likewise a pediatric dentist is specially trained for your child’s dental needs. The pediatric dentist is a specialist who has received additional training, for two or more years, in the oral health care of children from infancy through adulthood. All children are different, and the pediatric dentist has been trained in dealing with all types of child behavior. Furthermore they are highly qualified in various approaches of guiding dental growth and development, thus avoiding future problems. Furthermore, pediatric dentists are also experts in the treatment of special patients who may have emotional, physical, or mental handicaps. Because of this additional specialized training, many parents choose a pediatric dentist to treat their children.

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Why is it important for children to have enjoyable dental appointments?

Pleasant visits with the pediatric dentist help a child establish trust and confidence that will last a lifetime. No one should be afraid of his or her dentist. If a child fears their dentist, then they may avoid seeking dental care as an adult. Pediatric dentists along with their staffs have been specially trained to help apprehensive children get over their fears and become happy, willing patients. Also, your pediatric dentist will talk to you and your child with easily understood terms, pictures, and ideas, so that your child will be motivated to take proper care of his or her mouth.

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How often should my child see the dentist?

To maintain optimal dental health, your child should be seen every six months unless otherwise instructed by his or her pediatric dentist. Regular check-ups help your child stay cavity-free. Regular cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums, and cause decay. Fluoride treatments strengthen the teeth and prevent decay. Oral hygiene instruction reinforces proper brushing and flossing techniques, thus leading to a healthier mouth and the prevention of dental decay. Your pediatric dentist will also provide an assessment of changes in the oral cavity and may suggest additional fluoride needs, sealants, or changes in dietary content.

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