While oral health is important for everyone, children’s developing mouths – and their developing habits – make good dental care and oral hygiene even more important for them. That is why it is important to carefully select a child’s dentist. Pediatric dentists make a natural and excellent choice for this role because they are trained specialists in delivering high-quality treatment for children. Their education and training provides not only up-to-date information on the latest procedures, techniques and technology available in dentistry, but more importantly, also training on how to deliver gentle, compassionate dental care to children.
Pediatric dentists study developmental psychology in order to understand how children think, and to make the dental experience as positive and rewarding as possible. From the setting of their offices to the tones of their voice, pediatric dentists fine-tune everything in their practice to be specifically geared toward children, and to make them feel comfortable and relaxed during their dental visits. Pediatric dentists also receive special training in dealing with dental patients with special needs.
Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his or her first birthday. By choosing a pediatric dentist instead of a general dentist, you can ensure that your children’s dental experiences are positive ones, and that you are helping them begin a life full of healthy teeth and good oral hygiene!