Your children’s oral health plays a big role in the future health of their mouth, and beyond that, their early dental experiences can impact how they feel about the dentist in the future. Because of that, it’s important to choose your pediatric dentist carefully. When thinking about dentistry for children, you may want to keep the following in mind.
Positive Pediatric Dental Care
Sadly, a large number of adults never go to the dentist, and they often report that they stay away due to fear. In many cases, this fear comes from negative experiences with dentists, and in particular, these feelings may arise when working with dentists who use shame-based practices.
However, while negative experiences may keep people away from the dentist, positive experiences can have just the opposite effect. They lay the foundation for good feelings toward the dentist and a lifetime of taking good care of your teeth.
In addition to looking for a pediatric dentist who can provide your child with positive experiences, you should also keep quality in mind when looking at children’s dental clinics. In particular, you may want to make sure they’re up to speed on the latest advancements in dentistry for children.
You also want to ensure that your pediatric dentist offers the best treatments for your child’s unique dental needs. For instance, you may want to look for a dentist who offers dental sealants to children. Sealants are essentially protective enamel that gets painted onto your child’s teeth to prevent cavities. These are much more cost effective than fillings and are typically covered by insurance for children under age 16.
Experience With Dentistry for Children
Ideally, you want a dentist who is experienced working with children. Children have special needs, and if you choose a dentist who exclusively focuses on adult patients, they may not be poised to meet your child’s unique needs. Additionally, children often need more time to get through certain procedures, and ideally, you need a children’s dentist who is patient and who enjoys working with kids.
If possible, you may also want to look for child-friendly amenities when choosing a dental clinic for your child. Are there toys or books for children in the waiting room? Does the dentist have TVs so children can watch a movie while getting a cavity filled or having similar procedures done? Or, do they allow children to watch something on their phones. While an adult may find it easy to be patient through a procedure, kids may need those distractions.
Beyond that, you may want to look for the little things such as scaled down bitewings that work with a child’s mouth or X-ray equipment designed with children in mind. Additionally, you may want flavored toothpaste for your child’s dental cleanings or flavored nitrous oxide for when your child is having more extensive work done.