So your child’s teeth have begun to grow in. According to the American Dental Association, children should have their first visit to the dentist when their teeth begin to appear.
Like many parents, you may be wondering whether you and your child can share a dentist. Does your child really need a pediatric dentist?
The answer to both questions is yes, and some dentists perform dentistry for the whole family – both adult dentistry and pediatric dentistry. If you have children or are planning on having children someday, it is a good idea to have a dentist who is also a pediatric dentist.
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
Dentists who practice pediatric dentistry have the highly specialized training required to handle dental issues that are particular to children, including their primary teeth and newly growing secondary (permanent) teeth. Your child’s first visits to the dentist are also imperative in getting comfortable about going to the dentist as they get older.
A pediatric dentist will make your child feel comfortable and happy during their visit. Pediatric dentists know how to diffuse a stressful situation. The dentist and the assistant and/or hygienist will likely offer a colorful environment for the child, and they will give the child sugar-free candy and/or gum at the end of the visit as a reward (with the parent’s permission). They will also give the child a little bag with toothpaste and a fun toothbrush to take home.
How Does a Children’s Dentist Make Kids Feel Comfortable?
Pediatric dentists will explain each procedural step in a soothing voice, using child-friendly language. He or she may also allow your child to explore the dental tools in the office for familiarization.
Family dentists who perform pediatric dentistry specialize in dealing with kid-specific issues when it comes to oral health. They know how to win your child’s trust and even become chummy with him or her.
These dentists are extremely patient, understanding, and positive. They love children, and they will help your child develop lifelong healthy oral habits that benefit their mouth’s health. They will talk to your child about how to brush their teeth, how often to brush, how to floss, and how and how often to use a rinse.
The children’s dentist will also talk about foods that are good for the teeth and foods that are bad for the teeth. The dentist will explain that what they eat can affect their teeth, and how to prevent cavities and tooth decay.
Pediatric Dentist in Las Vegas, Nevada
For your child’s first dental visit, visit us at Dedicated Dental in Henderson, Nevada. Our family-friendly practice specializes in adult dentistry as well as pediatric dentistry, so the whole family can come to the same place for your dental checkups, maintenance, and special treatments.
Dr. Dung Bui can address your entire family’s dental needs under one roof. For your convenience, we also provide emergency dental care and accept same-day appointments as necessary.