Posted on November 8, 2020
If you’ve never been a parent before, it’s probably been a long time since you’ve thought about trying to find a health professional. Certainly, you’ve never thought about the trials and tribulations of having to locate a dentist for children. But once you become a parent, these things come to the forefront of your mind and may overwhelm you.
Instead of being overwhelmed in your search to find the perfect kids dentist for your children, just take it step by step. You’ll eventually get there and meet your goals of providing quality dental care to your little ones.
In this short article, we’ll go over some helpful tips about finding a dentist for children and how to make it a breeze. From health tips to initial greetings, we’ll go over a broad spectrum of how to find the perfect children’s dentist for your family and alleviate your dental concerns.
When you’re browsing online or asking around town about a quality dentist for children, it can be helpful to inquire about the dentist’s character. Pediatric dentists that genuinely try and make a child’s experience as painless and pleasant as possible tend to develop a reputation as a person to see. Check online reviews and ask family and friends so that you’ll feel good about your child’s experience before you even walk through the doors.
Many kids will also need orthodontic treatment eventually. Ask your dentist whether they have an orthodontist on staff or if they recommend a particular orthodontist. At Jacaranda Smiles Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics, our team is happy to offer both pediatric dental and orthodontic services under the same roof. While you may think that you can only utilize braces to get straight teeth, there have been many technological improvements in orthodontics recently. Your child may not have to endure the same treatments that you did as a child, and in fact, may have access to seamless and transparent braces technology that you barely notice.
One of the most important things you can do as a parent is to establish good tooth brushing habits in your children early. Your dentist can help establish this by reminding your child every time they attend a dental visit and giving positive reinforcement. Small items such as toothbrushes, toys, and “healthy candy” (such as raisins) can go a long way in getting your child to remember to brush correctly with fluoride toothpaste.
It’s important to get your child to brush teeth on their own, and perhaps also take up a flossing habit, so that you don’t have to make extra trips to the dentist to get cavities filled. Getting a cavity filled is an unpleasant experience even for an adult, so avoiding it in your children should be a top priority. Not only do cavities hurt, but they can also have health effects down the road if they are not fixed promptly.
Unfortunately, more than 40% of children have dental cavities by the time they reach kindergarten. This is not only a distressing thing to have to deal with logistically for parents, but a source of stress for the child as well. Many adults do not like having to deal with the strange sounds and sensations of the dentist, and it’s simply easier to prevent your child from having to go through this in the first place.
At Jacaranda Smiles Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics, we help parents establish good oral hygiene habits with their kids early on and pride ourselves in preventative dental care for children. Contact us today to book your child’s appointment!
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