Dentistry is still pretty new, especially pediatric dentistry. It was just in 1914 that one doctor began hiring newly graduated students to perform dentist procedures the American Dental Association was officially established in the 1940s and finally, 20-years later, professionals started creating programs focused on children. Some of the most recent advancements, within the last 30 years or so, are the following:
- Dental sealants
- Children toothbrushes
- Dental lasers for children
- Children toothpaste
- Preventive care and education (for all young children in all schools)
The field of pediatric dentistry has made such leaps with technology and the entire concept of minimally invasive dentistry. Many of the beliefs of minimally invasive procedures include:
- Organic tissue is better for the patient than any synthetic one. So, it is important to preserve as much of it as possible.
- Prevention of diseases is more important than the alternative
- Rarely use invasive means.
Pediatric dentistry aims to prevent issues from arising to avoid having to use any treatments. Minimally invasive dentistry is aiming to preserve as much of the original tissue in the tooth as possible.
Restoration done with durable materials decreases the likelihood of issues later down the road. More traditional methods have begun to go extinct simply because of the advancements in knowledge and technology. These advancements have allowed professionals to realize that the healthy tooth tissue was not being preserved and that it was an issue that needed to be addressed. Minimally invasive procedures have helped reduce the amount of healthy tissue removed by over 60%.
The best advice from any minimally invasive dentist is, brush your teeth and clean them appropriately. Stop the issues before they start and minimize the decay that naturally occurs when food is left on your enamel.