A board-certified pediatric dentist specializes in dentistry for babies, children, and teens
While many dentists in the Triad market “pediatric services,” only a select few providers are qualified as pediatric dentists. Dr. Sona Isharani of Triad Dentistry holds this distinction; as a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Isharani completed three years of specialized training in pediatric dentistry from the University of Maryland, and she went on to complete her Fellowship program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Caregivers and parents trust their children’s smiles and health to Dr. Isharani’s extensive knowledge and experience caring for pediatric patients’ unique needs.
When is pediatric dentistry in Greensboro NC at Triad Dentistry appropriate?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of the dental world. As a pediatric dentist. Dr. Isharani limits the scope of her practice to infants, children, and teens. So, she is uniquely qualified to provide primary and specialty oral care to youth of all ages. Triad Dentistry likes to examine children’s teeth for the first time by their first birthdays. This is as much about getting parents and caregivers comfortable with properly cleaning their baby’s mouths as it is about checking for and identifying problems that have big consequences for oral development in a timely fashion.
While each child’s tooth and jaw development are unique to them, generally between the ages of six to 12 months, infants lower and upper front teeth are visible. A good rule of thumb is that around four teeth erupt or break through the gums every six months. So, by the time your child is a toddler, all of his or her baby or primary teeth should be visible.
Yes, baby teeth fall out. But they’re also important for healthy oral and overall development. They:
- Provide structure to your child’s face
- Offer a “path” for your child’s permanent teeth, which helps to avoid misalignment and bite problems that require orthodontic treatment later on
- Help your child speak clearly and pronounce words properly
- Facilitate the development of jawbones, muscles
- Facilitate the development of jawbones, muscles
- Support healthy nutrition, which is critical to overall early childhood development
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Just like with adult patients, pediatric patients should visit their dentist at least every six months. These visits provide opportunities for Dr. Isharani to examine the teeth, gums, and other oral structures for abnormalities that may require early and prompt attention. During these visits, our fun and friendly hygienists clean your child’s teeth with professional tools and techniques. Professional cleanings remove what brushing and flossing at home can’t; stubborn, stuck-on tartar or calculus that promotes decay and inflammation that erodes gum tissue. Your child will continue to keep this healthy routine throughout childhood and adolescence, and as their needs for care evolve.
We’ve made it easy for children and their parents to maintain continuity of care with the team they’ve come to know and trust, as your child will eventually “graduate” to treatment at Triad Dentistry’s adult practice. For your family’s convenience, Drs Steven Hatcher, Chad Merrell, and Brian Coates are available the next street over from Dr. Isharani’s office on Oakcrest Avenue.
What are some common problems that pediatric dentists treat?
As your child gets older, oral development can present new considerations for dental care and challenges. Some of the common conditions that Dr. Isharani sees and treats include:
- Early childhood caries or “baby bottle decay” – Children are born without the bacteria that cause caries, the disease that leads to cavities. They develop the condition when caregivers share foods with babies, moisten pacifiers with their mouths, or other activities that involve sharing saliva. Decay can also be promoted when children sip on sugary juices for long periods. Dr. Isharani and her team discuss ways to keep babies’ mouths healthy and to avoid conditions that can lead to early tooth loss during those initial visits.
- Crooked, crowded teeth – Dr. Isharani provides early intervention to manage habits that can result in problems with how the teeth and jaws develop. Habits such as thumb-sucking may require a specialized appliance that prevents the child from putting his or her fingers in their mouth and discourages the habit.
- Gum disease – Periodontal disease and tooth decay affect both children and adults alike. As the gums provide a healthy foundation for teeth, when tissue is eroded, it can threaten the stability of the tooth. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Isharani offers special products and treatment to address the likes of early tooth loss; for instance, Lower Lingual Holding Arch appliances are “space-holders” for lost baby teeth, which prevent other teeth from shifting.
Dr. Steven Hatcher
Dr. Hatcher is a passionate and driven professional who strives to preserve and enhance natural beauty in every dental treatment. He is keen on developing an individualist approach when it comes to treating his patients to ensure patient care is a tailor-made experience for the comfort of each client.
With early, ongoing visits, in partnership with you, we can prevent many of these conditions. Other preventive services include dental sealants to protect decay-prone back teeth. Call (336) 383-1482 to schedule your child’s visit.