What Makes Pediatric Dentists Special?
Do you sometimes wonder if you should simply take your children to a general dentist, who can also care for you and your spouse’s smiles? The idea might at first seem like an easy and harmless way to streamline your oral care. After all, how much difference can it really make? There are actually several compelling reasons to take your kids to a dentist who specializes in pediatric dentistry!
Why Should You Take Time to Select a Pediatric Dentist?
- Your kids will begin requiring dental treatment around age one. From then on, they will need at least bi-annual appointments to keep their teeth clean, and free from tartar buildup. That adds up to a lot of visits before they are teenagers. Selecting a pediatric dentist that they, and you, can trust will go a long way in helping them to form positive memories about preventive dental care, so they will spend their lives taking great care of their teeth and gums.
- A pediatric dentist will specialize in treating kids’ smiles, and will therefore know how to speak and interact with them in a friendly and informative manner. From patiently teaching your school-aged children how to floss properly, to using positive language about oral care, and correctly-sized instruments to provide thorough and comfortable cleanings for their small smiles, there are a number of unique benefits to selecting a pediatric dentist.
- Pediatric dentists tend to have more colorful and fun office environments, as well, complete with age-appropriate reading materials and other entertainment geared towards kids. These details may not matter as much as the dental care your kids are there to receive, but they can go a long way in helping to foster a healthy attitude towards oral care, and dentistry in particular.
- Pediatric dentists frequently offer different services than many general dentists, such as pulpotomies to treat infections, as opposed to the more invasive root canals generally recommended for adults, or dental sealants like fluoride, which can help protect fragile baby teeth.