Let’s face it, seeing a dentist is probably not high on your “Favorite Things To Do” list. As adults, we cringe when thinking about hearing words like “crown” or “root canal.”
But imagine what it’s like for your child to go to the dentist — sure, he might think a crown goes on his head instead of in his mouth, but there are plenty of other scary things that can make that visit very unpleasant for everyone.
You know that avoiding those major dental problems starts with early care. So, as you get your child into a dental treatment routine, consider taking your child to a pediatric dentist. Here are three questions that might be floating in your head about scheduling that first pediatric dental appointment:
First, what is a pediatric dentist? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, “A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.” As you select a practice for your child, learn about the office atmosphere (is it fun, calming, and comfortable?) and ask other mothers who might visit that practice what their experience has been. At Sprout Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, you’ll feel like you’ve become part of our family, something very important to making your child’s experience a positive one.
When should I take my child to his first dentist visit? It might feel a bit early, but you should schedule a dental check-up about six months after the first baby tooth appears. Your pediatric dentist will be able to discuss prevention plans with you and how to get your child setting good oral care habits.
Finally, how can I get the most out of visiting a pediatric dentist? Since you’ll be managing most of your child’s oral care, these visits are just as important for you as they are for your child. It’s not only a time to talk about prevention, but also an opportunity to discuss any dental history you might have yourself to keep an eye on. You can also ask questions about overall care, such as making diet changes, eliminating thumb-sucking behavior, and even avoiding sports injury to your child’s teeth. Some practices, like Sprout, also have orthodontics care available, so as your child grows older, you’ll be able to have a joint dental and orthodontic treatment plan that’s right for your family.
While seeing the dentist might give you the heebie-jeebies, it’s easy to start your child’s treatment with a positive experience. In most instances, children won’t know that a dentist visit could be uncomfortable or unpleasant until they are told it is. So, stay upbeat. Getting your child’s dental care on the right track early with a pediatric dentist will make it easy to make those visits positive and beneficial to your family.
Schedule an pediatric dental visit for your child today contacting Sprout Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics online or by calling 281-359-5551 or 281-668-8408.