Pediatric dentists can provide your child with specialized care to help their oral health start and stay strong.
General Dentistry vs. Pediatric Dentistry
Though general dentists can treat children, pediatric dentists are specially trained to do so. They understand how to work with developing teeth and kids’ demeanors. Pediatric dentists also have tools and equipment to accommodate smaller mouths and can provide informed care for children at all stages of their tooth development, from babies with only a few teeth to elementary schoolers in the process of gaining permanent teeth.
When Should a Child’s First Dental Visit Be?
A child’s first oral health checkup should take place before they turn one, as their baby teeth start to emerge – which can begin as early as six months. This appointment may seem early, but it is important to ensure your child’s teeth are developing properly and to check for early signs of decay. After this initial visit, you should bring your child to the dentist every six months for a biannual checkup.
Creating a Kid-Friendly Experience
Pediatric dentists are intentional about creating an environment and experience that is comfortable for children. Cheerful colors and music create an inviting space as toys and children’s television shows associate the dentist with positive experiences. Pediatric dentists are trained in calming energetic or nervous kids of all ages, ensuring that your child’s visits go as smoothly as possible!
Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to hard-to-reach spots in your child’s mouth. It can be difficult for a toothbrush to reach between small cracks and grooves on teeth. If left alone, these tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Pediatric dentists can add a sealant to give your child’s teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.