Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist Instead of a Family Dentist?
Early treatment is crucial to the dental health and well-being of your child. By instilling in them the positive dental practices such as brushing, flossing, and the importance of regular cleanings, you are providing guidance for good oral hygiene.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are to dentistry what pediatricians are to medicine. A pediatric dentist has completed a two year residency program specializing in the treatment of oral health in children from infancy through the teenage years. Much like a pediatrician, a pediatric dentist is carefully trained in all aspects of growth and development. This training gives the specialist an awareness of the specific dental and emotional needs of growing children. Their entire focus is on your child; relating to them, fostering good dental habits and instilling a healthy and positive attitude toward their dental visits.
The Benefits of a Pediatric Dentist
A pediatric dentist has a host of benefits over a family dentist. In addition to the extra years of schooling, they will play an important role in your child’s life by looking for early signs of tooth decay and cavities. That is why it is important that you schedule their first visit shortly after their teeth have come through the gums.
It can be intimidating to see the numerous instruments and tools that a dentist uses throughout the examination. A pediatric dentist can design the initial exam, so it will be a positive and soothing experience for your child. This child-friendly environment will also have a support staff who are trained and dedicated to treating children.
Because they are specifically trained for treating children, they are able to communicate well with children and relate to them. Active children are also prone to traumatic injuries from sports and play, and a pediatric dentist is experienced in treating such injuries.
Getting your children to limit their sugar intake, brush regularly and floss can be a challenge on its own. A pediatric dentist can help to instill these habits and make them a fun and positive experience for your children, especially when your children see how rewarding the results can be.
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