For a more formal definition, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) describes pediatric dentistry this way: “Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only.”
“Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.”
Furthermore, after completing a pediatric dental residency program, Dr. Schaack successfully completed a series of optional and further examinations in order to become a “Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist.”
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child’s first visit to a pediatric dentist and the establishment of a “dental home” be no later than 12 months of age!
The AAPD defines a dental home as “the ongoing relationship between the dentist and the patient” which provides comprehensive oral health care.
Here, your child will receive preventive care, restorative treatment, evaluation of growth and development, coordination with other specialty care (orthodontics, etc) and also emergency treatment when needed.
Choosing McKinney Pediatric Dentistry as your child’s dental home will help assure his/her optimal oral health and we know there is plenty of fun to be had along the way!
Of course, if there is ever an emergency or special concern, your child may be seen at any time! Please don’t wait until a 6 month check-up appointment if your child is in pain or if there is any major trauma or injury to the teeth.
Dr. Schaack even takes calls on his cell phone after business hours for anyone with urgent questions!
But untreated cavities also can cause undesired space loss in the dental arch, which can contribute to future crowding and incorrect positioning of permanent teeth. Space maintenance for permanent teeth is one of the most important functions of baby teeth, and keeping them healthy is important!
Baby teeth also allow proper chewing and eating, assist in the normal development of the jawbones and muscles, affect the development of speech, and contribute to the child’s attractive appearance.
Baby teeth usually begin to fall out at age 6, and your child should continue to lose his/her teeth over the next 6 years. By age 12, kids have usually lost most of their baby teeth.
Despite young kids’ normal phases of crying when brushing, try to make it as fun as you can for your child! Sing the ABCs or their favorite song while brushing. And remember this about brushing teeth: you only have to brush the teeth you want to keep!
Brush each area for a good 10 seconds or more before moving on to another area of the mouth. This will help the gums to remain in good health and assure improved plaque removal.
Never scrub the teeth and gums with great force. Always use gentle pressure in a circular pattern. If you notice that the gums bleed a bit during brushing, it usually means that more time should be spent in these areas.
Don’t give up if your child cries when brushing. This only means that you can relate to every other parent out there who experiences the same thing from time to time. Children normally go through phases of resistance to brushing, so staying positive and consistent is important!
Once they are 5 years old, most children are better able to spit and the amount is less critical.
Parents should dispense the toothpaste and perform or assist with tooth brushing of young children. To maximize the beneficial effect of fluoride in the toothpaste, rinsing after brushing should be kept to a minimum or eliminated altogether.