Why Choose a Certified Children’s Dentist?
Many patients wonder why they should bring their child to a certified pediatric dentist rather than just taking them to their own family dentist who sees all ages. Think of it this way: You would find a pediatrician to take care of your kid’s overall physical health, so why shouldn’t you do the same for their dental health?
Dental professionals who have received certification to be considered official children’s dentists have been specifically trained to understand and work with kids’ unique dental needs, including tooth development. They not only understand the ins and outs of what children need to maintain healthy smiles, but they also know on a personal level how to work with children so they don’t feel nervous or afraid.
An added bonus is that a dental office completed devoted to younger patients will more likely have a fun, inviting atmosphere that sets kids at ease. Take our dental practice for example, in addition to our bright accents we have specific toys, books, and decorative touches that lighten up the visit for a positive experience.
When Should My Kid See the Dentist?
Here’s an easy way to remember when to bring your kid to the dentist for the first time: Get it done by year one! Your child should start seeing a dentist by their first birthday. Many babies will get their first tooth around six months old. Even though primary teeth, or baby teeth, eventually fall out, it’s crucial to monitor them to ensure proper alignment of permanent teeth and speech development. Not to mention, baby teeth can still get cavities too.
After that initial appointment, you should bring your child in for regular check-ups every six months. That way we can make sure to prevent cavities and any other dental concerns that arise before they become much more serious.
What Does Dentistry for Children Include?
Dentistry for kids encompasses a variety of treatments, just like dentistry for adults. There’s preventive care like routine cleanings and fluoride treatments, and there’s restorative services like sealants, fillings, and crowns. At Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, we also provide orthodontics, including space maintainers, braces, and Invisalign®. We’ve listed out specific treatment packages for our patients depending on their age (baby, tot, kid, and teen) to give you a better understanding of what to expect at your child’s appointment.