The American Association of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday. There are several ways a kids dentist will differ from a general dental practice. Choosing the right one for your child will set in place a lifetime of healthy dental habits, and help head-off any potential issues early in life. A Kids Dentist can treat your child from birth through their teen years. Here are 5 things to look for when choosing a kids dentist.
Kids Dentist Undergo Additional Schooling
All dentists must earn a degree either as a Doctor of Dental Medicine or Doctor of Dental Surgery. Pediatric dentists must go on to complete a two-year residency to learn specialized skills and clinical knowledge related to child psychology, child-related pharmacology, child development and other areas relevant to pediatric dentistry. Some states also require an additional license to practice pediatric dentistry.
Good Habits Start Early!
Kids dentists have special insight in helping kids develop good oral health habits early in life. They can teach your child correct brushing and flossing techniques, and how good diet affects oral and overall health. They can help head off some early bad habits like thumb sucking and teeth grinding in toddlers, and tobacco use by teens.
Injury Prevention and Treatment
With active kids, there's always a risk of injury to the mouth and face. A Pediatric Dentist can help prevent many sports-related injuries by fitting a mouth guard that is more comfortable and appropriate for the sports or activity your child is participating in.
When your child does have an injury, whether it's a knocked-out tooth or a cut in the mouth area, the dentist will be able to treat the injury, repair damage, and help return to normal healthy development.
A Kids Dentist and their staff are experts at getting your child excited about going to the dentist and making nervous patients comfortable with dental treatment. Pediatric Dental practices provide an atmosphere that is geared towards kids from the waiting room to the exam chair.
Sometimes anticipation can be the hardest part for a nervous child, so the waiting room has child appropriate activities and literature. Exam rooms may have televisions or music to distract the child during the exam or cleaning procedures.
Kids come in all different shapes and sizes. The dentist will have special instruments and equipment suited for smaller mouths. This ensures a comfortable experience for your child.
Many Pediatric Dentists can provide Orthodontic Services. Potomac Pediatric Dentistry's Dr Lee can ensure proper alignment of your child's teeth and jaw. This in-house approach to total oral care ensures the best possible dental care for your child.
Potomac Pediatric Dentistry can provide your child with the best pediatric dental services in the Dumfries, VA area. From early developmental exams and cleanings for toddlers, to broken teeth and braces in teens, Dr Le and Dr Lee will ensure your child receives the most modern care in a comfortable, kid friendly atmosphere.
Schedule an appointment today for your child to begin a lifetime of good oral hygiene!