Why A Pediatric Dentist??
Well, it boils down to simple psychology. If we can associate dental visits from our childhood with happy memories, we are more likely to continue to visit the dentist as adults.
Healthy teeth are important regardless of age. When making new friends, going on a first date, or on a job interview, a bright smile boosts self-confidence. Good dental hygiene and healthy gums contribute to our wellness and help maintain the quality of life well into old age by reducing the risk of serious diseases and enabling us to enjoy all the foods we love.
Proper and consistent preventive care can help us avoid heartaches and expenses related to extensive and invasive dental treatment.
With two additional years of specialized training beyond dental school, pediatric dentists are best suited to treat children of all ages to ensure they have a positive experience at the onset and learn proper dental hygiene practices so that they may become responsible dental patients for life.
What do Pediatric Dentists do differently?
Pediatric Dentists go beyond dental care for your little one:
Counseling for new parents
Teeth are generally not on the minds of new parents. After all, babies are born without teeth and you have much bigger fish to fry. Like getting your baby to sleep throughout the night. However, parents of newborns can get valuable tips from speaking with a pediatric dentist including:
- How to build healthy oral habits right from the start
- How to prevent your little one from getting cavities as soon as they’re getting their first tooth
Pediatric Dentistry of Union offers complimentary Prenatal and Newborn counseling including infant oral health exam.
Build trust with young dental patients
According to the American Dental Association, the fear of going to the dentist is the second leading reason, after cost, for not visiting the dentist more frequently.
In addition to receiving specialized clinical training in children’s oral health, Pediatric Dentists are trained to make children feel comfortable and at ease with being in the dentist’s chair by:
- Creating a child-friendly practice environment
- Talking to children and explaining treatments at an appropriate level for their age
Provide nutrition counseling
It’s no surprise that when it comes to healthy teeth, diet plays just as much of a role as brushing and flossing. We will review with you and your child which foods are more likely to cause cavities and how to make better food choices.