Every child needs a good pediatric dentist. But unfortunately, not all offer the same level of gentle care and skill that your child deserves. If you’re not careful about which dentist you choose, then you could have some serious challenges ahead.
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A good pediatric dentist doesn’t let any of this happen! That’s why it’s so important to choose your child’s dentist carefully. Taking a few minutes today to research your options and compare will easily save you year’s worth of frustration and heartache.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a pediatric dentist specializes in the dental care and oral health of young children.
But keep in mind: not all family dentists can call themselves pediatric dentists. An official dentist completes not only 4 years of regular dentist school, but also an additional 2-3 years of specialized education or training.
This ensures that these dentists have obtained the specialized skills they need to treat children.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is critical for young children. Consistent dental care at an early age will result in your child having healthy teeth and gums as they grow, and it will instill good habits for adulthood too.
Want to find a dental provider that you and your child will love? To help you choose, let’s look at some of the most important things to consider when searching for a pediatric dentist.
Good with children.
This may seem obvious. But sadly, some of the best are not good with children at all. So, what’s a good way to tell? First, get references. Ask the dentist for references from current patients. The longer the client list, the better. Also, try to make an appointment to meet the dentist to ask questions and observe how he or she interacts with other children.
Skilled at dentistry.
Experience is everything. One relatively simple way to determine a dentist’s skills is to check how long they’ve been practicing and how successful that practice is. In addition to the dentist’s formal qualifications, education and certification: if hundreds of families have been taking their children to that same dentist for years, then you know they’re doing something right!
Gentle and caring.
A good dentist understands that a child needs to be treated carefully and gently – otherwise, trust is quickly broken. Look for dental providers who have special pain-free methods in place and other solutions that result in a great experience for your child – not a scary one!
A dentist’s office can be a strange, scary place for a child. Often, a small hidden playroom or few scattered coloring books aren’t enough to calm a child’s fears. To find a dentist that your child will love, look for providers whose entire offices are made to be fun, exciting and entertaining environments for children.
For a dental experience that will give your child a healthy smile for years to come, call Dr. Stella at FUNtastic Dental & Orthodontics in Long Beach. Dr. Robert J. Stella, D.D.S. has been improving children’s smiles for more than 30 years! In both his private practice and as a hospital staff member, Dr. Stella has extensive experience performing all aspects of his profession.
Not only that, Dr. Stella and his team have completely changed children’s dentistry from “kicking and yelling” to fun and easy. Here’s how:
Take a virtual tour of the Dental Theme Park at FUNtastic Dental today, or make an appointment to tour the office in person. And don’t forget to bring your children! They’ll be begging to come back as soon as you walk out the door.