January 3, 2014
Pediatric dentistry is vital to a child’s dental and overall health. Medical experts understand the importance of preventive dental treatments, stating that poor oral health can lead to such devastating conditions as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. According to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, the younger the child is when poor dental health habits form, the more likely he or she is to suffer from these conditions later in life. More immediate concerns of poor dental health include the pain associated with tooth decay, which can lead to absenteeism from school, poor grades, and lack of presence in after-school activities.
Child dentistry is a field that is only handled by those who are willing and able to understand the complexities of working with the youngest patients. Pediatric dentistry requires patience, skill, and a comforting atmosphere. The skilled team at Johnston Dental Care has special training in pediatric dentistry, so your young one is in excellent hands.
Young children are often wary of visiting the dentist because they fear the unknown. This is one of the many reasons it is important to begin taking a child to a dentist regularly. This can begin as early as the first days of teething when the dentist examines the child’s gums and gives parents tips on how to sooth soreness and clean the area after meals.
Child dentistry is often about the parents as much as it is about the children. While the dentist does a thorough exam along with X-rays and cleanings at each visit, he or she will also explain to the child and parent exactly how to brush and floss. We also offer children fluoride treatments to help strengthen and protect baby teeth.
Parents should prepare their children for their dental visit to ensure it goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. Here are some pointers:
– Arrive early to make sure paperwork is completed prior to the exam.
– Talk to children about the dentist. Explain that the dentist helps to ensure they have healthy teeth. Do not use any language that may frighten them.
– Let a child bring a special toy or blanket. Dolls and action figures are particularly helpful comfort items as Dr. Johnston and the hygienist can “check their teeth” first.
– Allow the child to ask any questions he or she may have. If the child is shy, find out what questions they have before the visit and ask them on behalf of the child.
We at Johnston Dental Care have a great deal of experience working with children of all ages. There is no need to fear a child’s first visit to the dentist. Visiting the dentist from a young age is the best way to ensure a happy, healthy smile that will last a lifetime.
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