Four Reasons For You To Choose a Pediatric Dentist
One of your main jobs as a parent is to do everything you can to help your child grow into a happy, healthy, independent adult.
While oral health isn’t usually top of mind when you’re thinking about overall health and wellbeing, the fact is that keeping your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy is a significant part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. One of the easiest ways to develop and maintain good oral healthcare is to make regular visits to your dentist to ensure that small, easily treatable problems are never left to develop into serious problems that require more invasive, more expensive treatment down the road.
Many adults have a fear of the dentist, and unfortunately this fear often causes people to skip their regular dental visits and only see the dentist in the case of an emergency. These fears can stem from many factors, but most often they are initiated by negative experiences the person had with a dentist as a child.
To prevent your child from developing an unhealthy fear of the dentist and encourage them to grow into an adult who prioritizes regular dental visits and maintains their oral health, it’s important to provide them with effective, positive, comfortable experiences with the dentist starting at a young age.
That’s why it’s so important to bring your child to a pediatric dentist for their check-ups and treatments.
Here are a few more reasons to consider a pediatric dentist when choosing a dental healthcare provider for your child.
1. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to deal with children. This means that, in the case of a dental emergency like a cracked or broken tooth, pediatric dentists know exactly how to repair the tooth in a way that’s tailored to the special needs of a child.
2. Pediatric dentists are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to the development of a child’s gums, teeth, and jaw, making it easy for them to identify any potential issues that are likely to come up down the road. Early intervention is key.
3. They are also experts in identifying and treating childhood cavities and taking and reading x-rays on the small mouth of a child.
4. Perhaps the most important reason why bringing your child to see a pediatric dentist is such a good idea is that they are completely focused on children. Most pediatric dental offices are set up to provide a fun, comforting environment for their young patients.
This type of environment includes distractions like art or toys or prizes for being brave, and many have televisions in the examination and treatment rooms to keep the child’s mind occupied on a favourite movie or television show while they are being examined or treated.
A general dentist typically receives three or more years of undergraduate education, followed by four years of dental school. To become a pediatric dentist, a general dentist must undertake an additional two to three years of intensive residency and specialty training. Dr. Laura and Dr. Yili are the two pediatric dentists at Kids Corner in Oakville.
Dr. Laura has a particular interest in treating children with diverse needs and is a staff pediatric dentist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
Dr. Yili focuses on using tailored behaviour guidance techniques to promote a positive dental experience for the child, and equally important, the family. She is experienced in treating kids with disabilities and is a paediatric staff dentist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
If you are looking for a dentist to care for your child, call our pediatric dental team at Kids Corner in Oakville to set up a consultation with a pediatric dentist today.