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Pediatric Dentistry Warnings About Oral Piercings

Do you have or know a teen who wants to get a piercing? It may not be uncommon for kids wanting to get their ears pierced, but teenage oral piercing seems to be a growing trend. This is worrisome for dentists in pediatric dentistry practices. Piercings are a form of self-expression. However, there are risks that come with piercings. Causes of Infection Any kind of piercing can lead to an infection, whether it’s ears, belly button, or oral. Bacteria present at the piercing site can cause the infection. The average human mouth is home to millions of bacteria, and a piercing is essentially an open wound filled with a metal decoration. This open wound makes it easy for bacteria to get under the tissue and cause an infection. Additional Pediatric Dentistry Issues with Piercings Piercings, as well as tongue splitting, often cause a lot of swelling. When a person pierces…

. Posted in Kids Dentist Category, Pediatric Dentistry CategoryTagged . Sep 17, 2016

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Dentistry for Kids is an Investment in a Healthy Life

While the overall goal is the same — maintaining and preserving teeth — dentistry for kids is a bit different than it is for adults. With adults, the main goal is to preserve and protect the teeth while addresses issues. This may be a lost tooth or gum diseases. For pediatric dentistry, there are several main goals. These include ensuring the teeth come in the correct way, prevention of cavities, tooth alignment, and avoiding diseases. This isn’t to say that dentists don’t seek to achieve this for adults as well. Children’s teeth require a lot of attention to ensure they will remain healthy. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Since children need more care to help them stay healthy well into adulthood, pediatric dentists must be specially trained and certified to work with them. The AAPD is the leading authority on children’s oral health. They set forth policies and guidelines in…

. Posted in Pediatric Dentistry CategoryTagged , . Aug 10, 2016