You are fully aware of the importance of good oral health in children. So, you make sure to brush your kid's teeth every day and offer them a teeth-friendly diet.
But, you are a bit unsure what to do when it comes to their regular check-ups. Should you take them to a pediatric dentist or a general one? After all, oral health is the same for everyone, right? So why won't your regular dentist be right for your little one?
Here's what makes a pediatric dentist different.
No, not really!
A family dentist is basically a general dentist who has branded themselves as a "family" dentist to indicate that they can and are willing to treat kids too. But that doesn't necessarily mean that they have the right training and qualifications to do so.
So, what sets pediatric dentists apart?
Both general and pediatric dentists must graduate from dental school to get their diplomas and be able to practice dentistry. However, pediatric dentists must continue their studies and complete additional years of training.
During this period, they will learn about the specifics of kids' oral development and health. They will also learn strategies that will allow them to better communicate with kids, earn their trust and offer treatment in a calm and safe manner. Pediatric dentists also know how to treat and handle special needs patients, how to administer sedation, and so on.
While your family dentists may be able to provide some level of care, only a pediatric dentist can truly ensure the proper development of your child's oral health. Here's why:
Pediatric dentists are taught how to identify and address child-specific oral issues. Your child's teeth are still developing, and they need to be able to identify current dental issues and any potential problems that might affect their development later on.
The anatomy of baby teeth is different from adult teeth. Pediatric dentists are trained to perform procedures specific to baby teeth and ensure they stay healthy until the permanent teeth erupt.
It's essential for your child to feel safe and comfortable when receiving dental treatment. Pediatric dentist offices are designed with these exact things in mind. For example, the walls are painted in calming pastel colors, there's a play area, and the dentist may use toys and stuffed animals to demonstrate the procedure. There are TVs on the ceiling so the child can watch cartoons or kids' songs during the procedure. And the list can go on.
Dr. Naomi La and her team have extensive experience and can provide gentle care to your child.
Contact Cedar Brook Pediatric Dentistry now to book an appointment with one of our doctors.