There are several types of dental specialists. As an adult, you probably see a general dentist. General dentists are the primary providers of dental care for people of all ages. At a routine visit, you and your family dentist go through an examination of your mouth (including teeth, gums, and other structures), get a professional cleaning, and discuss your dental health. If you’re lucky, you’ll continue to see your dentist two times a year for these preventative services. If you are comfortable with your dental provider and their team, you can let as them to see your kids too. The Virtual ToothFairy encourages new parents to take their smaller children with them during their dental cleaning visits, so they can become accustomed to the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental office. Then, when it’s time for their own visit, your kiddos will be much more comfortable. 😊
Some parents chose to take their kids to a pedodontist, a dentist specializes in dental services for kids. Pediatric dental offices cater for children and can be recommended in cases where the child is unable to be seen by a general dentist or has a complex treatment plan. Any child from infancy through to teenage years can be seen by a pedodontist. Ask your dentist if she/he would recommend a pediatric dentist for your child.
How can you help comfort your child at the dental office?
As parents and guardians, children look to us for guidance. Yours is a vital role in making your child's dental appointments positive experiences. In advance of the visit, summarize the experience for your kiddo, answer their questions honestly and calmly. Leave the complex questions for the dentist or dental hygienist; they are trained to explain what is happening to children in a nonthreatening manner. Do not talk about words like “hurt,” “shot,” or “painful” or tell your child about unpleasant dental experience you had. Their experience is unique to them, so any resentments or hard feelings harbored can take a lifetime to undo.
The Virtual ToothFairy is here to help
Breaking the glass is one of the best ways to make a new experience more comfortable. The Virtual ToothFairy can talk to kids through video and can help ease their fears of their dental visit. No white coats here! Only smiles, a pink wig, and a bit of magic. Schedule an appointment with The Virtual ToothFairy today!