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Pediatric / Child dentistry

Pedodontics or child dentistry deals with treatment of the teeth and gums of children from birth through adolescence. This discipline focuses intimately on pediatric/adolescent growth and development, disease causality and prevention, child psychology and management. Some of the specialized procedures in pedodontics are pulpotomy pulpectomy, habit breaking appliance in children with habits such as thumbsucking, tongue thrusting or night grinding, space maintenance following early loss of teeth or extraction and preventive treatments such as pit and fissure sealant placement and fluoride application.It is important to establish a Dental Home for a child at an early age. The first dental visit is recommended around six months of eruption of the first tooth. Early detection is essential to maintain oral health, modify aberrant habits, and treat as needed and as simply as possible. Additionally, parents are given a program of preventative home care (brushing/flossing/fluorides), a caries risk assessment, information on finger, thumb, and pacifier habits.