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AdobeStock 161295230Pediatric dentistry is an age-related specialty that provides comprehensive oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.  Children should establish a dental home with a dentist by age 1.

Services provided include:  

  • Infant oral health exams and risk assessment for cavities
  • Preventive dental care including cleaning, fluoride treatments, sealants, x-rays, proper oral hygiene instructions as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
  • Habit counseling – pacifier, thumb sucking and nail biting
  • Early assessment and treatment/referral for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
  • Repair of tooth cavities or defects
    • including evaluation for behavior management techniques such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas), minimal sedation, or treatment under general anesthesia
  • Care for dental injuries – fractured, displaced or knocked-out teeth
  • Treatment at The Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD) under general anesthesia