Pediatric dentists work specifically with children. They are skilled dentists who have taken the time to complete residency programs geared towards helping children with their oral health. Choosing a Houston pediatric dentist for your child will make your child feel more comfortable with getting their teeth cleaned and lead to better overall dental care.
Help Your Child Feel Comfortable At the Dentist’s Office
Many children are scared of going to the dentist. There are scary machines and they have to let another adult, that they do not know, clean their teeth and place their hands as well as instruments inside of their mouth. This experience can be hard for small children to grasp. When small children visit regular dentists, these dentists do not vary their approach. They treat your child the same way they would an adult. They may not have the training or guidance needed to address your child’s fears.
A pediatric dentist has additional training in child psychology and can even provide sedation in office for children who need to feel more relaxed. Pediatric dentists can communicate with your child by getting down to their eye level and asking questions, explaining procedures and treatments in a safe way and providing a comfortable environment for little ones. The pediatric dental office is also often brightly colored and filled with toys to help children feel more comfortable with the process. Your child will see other children and encounter a friendly and comforting environment.
Pediatric Dentists Have Additional Pediatric Dental Care Training
Pediatric dentists also have experience with the developmental process of little mouths. All dentists must go to school and obtain a dental degree. These training programs involve four years of dental school followed by 2-3 years of residency in a specialization. Pediatric dentists spend those 2-3 years of residency in pediatric specialization. During this time, dentists learn more about the oral developmental stages that young children go through as well as what treatments are best for developing teeth, gums and smiles. This additional pediatric training means that these dentists are able to provide the best treatments to children because they have a thorough understanding of the unique challenges children face as their mouths develop.
Pediatric dentists are also familiar with childhood facial trauma and can help children who encounter problems such as a knocked out tooth from a baseball game or who were born with a cleft palate. The goal of a pediatric dentist is to understand how to treat children’s mouths from baby teeth to permanent teeth, preventative sealant treatment, facial trauma, teeth cleaning and regular check-ups. If you want a dentist who is specifically knowledgeable about children’s teeth, gums, and mouths then you want to choose a pediatric dentist for your child.
Contact West U Smiles today to learn more about how pediatric dentistry can make the dentist a safe and comforting experience for your child. We would be happy to answer any questions that you have about your child’s dental care needs and our expertise in pediatric dentistry.