Since your child doesn’t have any teeth yet, or they’re just primary teeth, you may not realize how crucial pediatric dentistry is. It doesn’t just start when they have a full mouth of teeth. Pediatric dentistry should be started by the age of one or when their first teeth start coming in. This is why it’s essential to get your child into Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park, FL.
The Specialized Skill of a Pediatric Dentist
You may think that bringing your child to any dentist will be fine. However, children are notoriously difficult at the dentist’s office. Children often suffer from dental anxiety, due to the office being a different place full of new noises, sights, and smells that may seem scary to them. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to deal with children. They can be a calming presence to make things a bit easier, especially for the child’s first-ever dental visit.
Even if the child’s dental anxiety can be soothed, children are still restless and may not want to sit still for the length of a full dental exam or procedure. Pediatric dentists are trained to handle this, as well as the smaller mouths and teeth that children have. Since they deal exclusively with children, they’re used to dealing with this on a daily basis.
In addition, we offer distractions and way to make a trip to the dentist’s fun! For example, during a dental cleaning they can pick from one of our many flavors of toothpastes, watch their favorite show while they’re getting their teeth cleaned, and look forward to a little prize at the end for doing a good job.
Why is Pediatric Dentistry Necessary So Early?
Even if your child only has a few teeth, it’s important to start oral health care early on. Pediatric dentists can check to make sure the teeth are coming in okay, that there are no oral health problems indicative of a more serious condition, and to start the pattern of oral health early. Getting children used to the dentist and into a habit of making sure their teeth are clean means that they’ll have better oral health throughout their life. Tooth decay and other issues with primary teeth can have an impact on their permanent teeth later.
Also, there are specific issues that children may have that adults don’t. If your child sucks their thumb or uses a pacifier, it may lead to issues with teeth placement, especially if these habits continue on throughout the toddler and childhood years. Habits such as these may lead to the need for limited interceptive orthodontics in order to try to prevent the need for braces or other orthodontic devices later in life.
Why Choose Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park
We’re proud to offer experienced children’s dental services in Winter Park, FL. Our compassionate staff is here to make sure your child feels as comfortable as possible while they’re getting the care they need. If you’re looking for a practice that’ll go above and beyond standard care for your child, we’re the ones to turn to. Call us today to schedule an appointment so your child can learn to love having a healthy smile!