What is a Pediatric dentist?
Pediatric dentistry is the dental specialty for treating children. Pediatric dentists are trained in oral healthcare for children from birth to adolescence. Many pediatric dentists care for children who have developmental, physical, medical, or emotional struggles.
How is pediatric dentistry different from a general dentist?
The main difference between the two dental practitioners is that a pediatric dentist specializes in dentistry for children and a general dentist does not. Like any other specialty, pediatric dentists continue their education past the four years of dental school and go through special training and education.
Should your child go to a general or a pediatric dentist?
It important to assess your child's behavior in their dental appointment. Individual consideration of children's behavior helps the dentist complete the treatment plan to the best of their abilities.
During their first visit to a dentist, you and the dentist/hygienist can evaluate if there is a need to refer your child to a pediatric dentist. If they do not cooperate or have extensive treatment needed, you might need to consider a pediatric dentist.
How can you make your child’s dental visit go smoothly?
The Virtual ToothFairy recommends techniques like live modeling and “tell-show-do” to help your child have a comfortable dental appointment. It is also encouraged to bring your little one to your routine cleaning appointments, just so they can observe and watch you as the role model. When they see how easy a cleaning appointment is, it will help them prepare for their own visit.
Kids can also talk with The Virtual ToothFairy, before or after their dental visit. Talking to a magical ToothFairy about their fears and concerns can relieve any anxiety they might have towards the dentist. Schedule your child’s video call today!