Why Should I Choose a Pediatric Dentist for My Child?

Just as a pediatrician specializes in children’s medical needs, a pediatric dentist focuses exclusively on kids’ dental needs. Pediatric dentists have two to three years of specialty training following dental school. They are experts in the unique needs of children. And they provide both primary and specialty oral care for infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health needs. READ MORE …

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What makes a pediatric dentist different?

In addition to having years of specialized training following dental school, children’s dentists have experience in helping anxious or frightened kids feel comfortable and at ease.1 They also have a focus on preventive care.

At Kid’s Dentistree, we use smaller equipment designed specifically for a child’s mouth. Smaller chairs make exams and treatments more comfortable for kids. We also take the time to introduce dental tools to children one at a time and on their level, so the equipment doesn’t seem scary or overwhelming.

Are baby teeth really that important?

Absolutely! Healthy primary teeth help your child speak clearly and chew naturally. They also help create the path that permanent teeth will follow when it’s time for them to come in.1 It’s important to take good care of baby teeth, and a children’s dentist is well prepared to do that.

When should I schedule my child’s first appointment?

It may be earlier than you think. Your child’s first dental visit should take place after the first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday.2

Why Visit so early?

Seeing a kid-friendly dentist early helps children feel comfortable with the dentist and staff. It also helps kids get used to having their mouths examined.

The dentist will have an opportunity to check on the early development of the child’s mouth and jaw.

The dentist will also check on the health of the gums. They are a direct link to the bloodstream, so it’s important to keep them healthy from the start.

As soon as a tooth comes in, it needs to be protected from cavities.

The visit provides the opportunity for you to ask questions and get expert guidance on caring for your child’s oral health.

How often should my child see the dentist?

In general, your child should have a checkup every six months to help prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your child’s dentist will recommend a schedule based on your child’s personal oral health. If your child has any dental problems between visits, be sure to call us. We’ll answer your questions and make sure he or she gets the proper care and attention.

Can I be with my child during treatment?

We understand that it takes a lot of trust as a parent when dental treatment is being performed on your child. In most cases, as long as it is in the best interest of the patient, we encourage parents to come back to the treatment room with the child.

What if I have more questions?

Throughout your experience at Kid’s Dentistree, we will work closely with you to help your child grow up with healthy teeth and gums. We work as a partner with parents, inviting questions in person or by phone, and providing age-appropriate advice on how to care for your child’s teeth. We also invite you to “Ask the Doctor.” Send us an email with your questions and we will be happy to answer them.

Sources:

1 The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 2 The American Dental Association

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