What are the challenges of pediatric dentistry?

Types of complications include treatment of tooth decay, behavioral challenges, developmental and acquired disorders, eruption abnormalities, dental trauma, and patients with special needs or developmental disabilities. Children with special needs are at greater risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Many have sensory problems (such as children with ASD), physical disabilities, or mental health difficulties that can make brushing and flossing a challenge. In addition, certain sensory problems can make it difficult for children with special needs to undergo dental cleanings and other dental work.

Some children with craniofacial disabilities, such as Down syndrome, have crowded teeth. That means their mouths don't have enough space to support all of the teeth they have, causing crowding and misalignment. Missing congenital teeth is another common concern among children with craniofacial disabilities. Late tooth eruption, in which a permanent tooth doesn't come out, is common in children with Down syndrome.

Children with seizure disorders and cerebral palsy can also suffer trauma to the mouth that affects tooth eruption. Always make sure your child has water to prevent dry mouth, which increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Drinking water also helps eliminate cavities-causing bacteria and food debris. Dentistry itself is a very difficult branch of medicine.

The precision and diligence required by dentists is far superior to those of other specialties. The reason behind this evaluation is the way a dentist works within an enclosed, confined space and between tiny, almost dark nerves that are scattered throughout the mouth and between the teeth. It is difficult to maneuver dental equipment while examining or performing surgery. They need a firm hand and a lot of focused attention while handling such a procedure and yet dentists do it skillfully.

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