Choosing A Children's Dentistry Office For Your Child Has Long-Term Benefits

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If you have a child, you likely want to know whether a family dentist or pediatric dentist is right for their needs. There are a few differences between the two. Knowing what to take into consideration will help you determine the best professional for your child's needs. The following points will help you to understand why you would likely appreciate a children's dentistry office experience for your child.

Reduced Anxiety

There are a variety of approaches that a pediatric dentist and staff might use to reduce dental anxiety. Extreme anxiety might be handled by administering sedation. Another approach is dimming the lights and/playing soothing music. Some children experience anxiety because they do not understand what is happening and dental instruments might appear scary to them. Dentists and hygienists may take time to explain each step of procedures to children who are old enough to understand. Some children may calm down because they understand in advance what each part of the procedure will feel like. 


Family dentist offices provide services to all ages. Most pediatric dentist offices have fun themes, toys, and video games that are designed with children in mind. This can make the office experience feel like a fun place to go. There might also be a reward system in place to encourage children to "be brave." Hygienists who work in these offices work with children on a daily basis. This equips them to understand that different children have different responses to going to the dentist. They can also explain how to do things like brush teeth correctly in a manner that children can understand, and there might even be a fun story to encourage good dental hygiene.

Extended Treatment

Do not make the mistake of thinking that pediatric dentists only provide services to small children. If you choose one, they can provide services as early as infancy and into the teen years. This means that your child could get used to going to the dentist because of their early experiences and will know what to expect. They will also view their dentist as a familiar face. This can aid in reducing anxiety and feeling good about having healthy teeth.

A pediatric dentist is a good resource to use to appreciate the value in choosing their services for your child. All children should feel happy when they go to the dentist. Children's dentistry offices are devoted to serving children and may help ward off future dental anxiety because of their specialized training. Look for a pediatric dentist in your area. 


22 January 2021

Fluoride: Why I Drink Tap Water

When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.