Your child’s oral health is extremely important. Unfortunately, children face dental caries at surprisingly high levels — approximately 20% of children have an untreated cavity. Additionally, your child’s early dental experiences have an effect on their long-term oral health. To protect your child’s mouth and to establish positive oral health habits, you need the right pediatric dental specialist. When making your choice, you may want to look for the following traits:
Specialization in Children
Ideally, you should take your child to a pediatric dental specialist rather than a general dentist. Pediatric specialists have training in the unique issues faced by infants, toddlers, children, and teens. They can ensure that your child gets the best treatment based on their age, needs, and unique oral situation.
When you are meeting with different dentists, pay attention to how they treat your child. Do they respect your child by answering their questions, explaining treatment options, and being kind? If not, you may want to look for a different dentist. Although you are paying the bill and making the main decisions, your child’s mouth is being worked on, and they need to be treated respectfully to make the process as comfortable and productive as possible.
Children have smaller mouths than most adults, and they need to be worked on with child-sized tools. This applies to everything from the mirrors or bitewings that go into their mouths to x-ray equipment. Children need x-ray equipment that can work at their height. They don’t need to strain or stand on stools to make themselves tall enough to use an adult x-ray machine. Luckily, when you choose a pediatric dental specialist who focuses on children, their office should be full of child-sized equipment.
The range of Treatment Options
When making your selection, also consider the treatment options offered by various pediatric dental specialists. Ideally, you want your child to be able to get routine check-ups and dental care, but beyond that, you want a dentist that can do root canals or other advanced treatment options.
You may also want a dentist who offers orthodontic care. Then if your child needs braces or other orthodontic treatments, you don’t have to find a new orthodontist. Instead, you can just continue getting care at the dental clinic where you are already established and where your child already feels comfortable.
Feeling comfortable when you go to the dentist is huge. In fact, this may be the most important aspect to consider when choosing a pediatric dental specialist. If children don’t feel comfortable with their dental clinic, they can develop fears, and fear of the dentist is generally what keeps adults from getting adequate dental care. However, if you set a positive tone early in a child’s life, they will understand that the dentist is a helpful place and not anything to fear.
To make an appointment with a pediatric dental specialist, contact us today. At FUNtasticDental, we provide a pain-free anxiety-free environment for our young patients, and we offer both routine dental care and orthodontic treatments as well as a host of kid-friendly amenities and programs.