Pediatric dentistry, also known as pedodontics, is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the oral health of children from infancy to adulthood. This includes the protection of dental health for healthy children as well as the treatment of dental issues in children with disabilities due to congenital or delayed oral and jaw structure disorders.
Pediatric dentistry aims to eliminate dental problems and distress in children, including issues such as tooth decay, hereditary factors, and trauma. In order to prevent future problems, this field also focuses on preventive measures.
Pediatric dentistry includes a range of treatments and procedures, such as:
- Tooth decay prevention
- Treatment and restoration of decayed milk and permanent teeth
- Extraction of incurable teeth
- Ensuring proper tooth formation by preventing early tooth loss with appliances
- Diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of traumatic tooth and supporting tissue injuries
- Monitoring tooth eruption and dentition and preventing deviations from normal
- Preventive and orthodontic treatments to prevent gum diseases in children and young people.