Why Choose a Pedodontist?
Pediatric dentists, also known as , pedodontists are dental specialists who specialize in the oral health of infants and children. Their main focus is to prevent and treat dental problems unique to children. They play an essential role in ensuring that children develop and maintain healthy teeth and gums and establish good oral hygiene habits that can last a lifetime. That is exactly what our pedodontists do at Aurora Children’s Dentistry do.
Differences Between a Pedodontist and a General Dentist
While general dentists are trained to provide dental care to patients of all ages, pedodontists have additional specialized training focusing on treating children. They have an in-depth understanding of child psychology and behavior, and they are skilled in providing dental care specifically tailored to children's needs.
Services Offered By Our Pedodontists
Pedodontists provide a wide range of services catering to children's oral health needs. Our preventive care services include regular cleanings, fluoride treatments, and the application of dental sealants to prevent tooth decay. We also offer restorative care to restore damaged teeth, such as fillings and crowns.
In addition, our orthodontic treatments, such as braces and aligners, can correct bite problems and misaligned teeth. We focus on providing gentle, compassionate care to children, helping them maintain healthy teeth and gums as they grow and develop. By offering these services, we aim to prevent dental problems before they occur and provide effective treatments when needed to ensure a lifetime of good oral health.
When Should You Take Your Child to a Pedodontist?
We recommend that children have their first dental visit by age one, or within six months after their first tooth erupts. However, parents should also be vigilant and take their child to a pedodontist if they notice any signs of pain, swelling in the mouth, or other concerning symptoms.
What to Expect During a Visit
The child will undergo an initial consultation and examination during the first visit to our pedodontist. Our pedodontist will evaluate the child's oral health and identify potential issues. The child may receive preventive care for cleaning, fluoride treatment, or sealant application.
Our pedodontist will discuss available treatment options if any restorative or orthodontic treatment is needed. We also understand the importance of making your visit as comfortable and stress-free as possible, and we will work with parents to prepare their child for the visit.
Tips for Preparing Your Child for a Visit
First and foremost, parents can help alleviate their child's anxiety by explaining what will happen during the visit and what to expect. Parents can also encourage their children to ask questions and express any concerns. It's important to be positive and reassuring throughout the process, emphasizing that the visit is necessary to maintain their oral health. Additionally, parents can bring along a favorite toy or comfort item to help their child feel more comfortable during the visit.
All in all, at Aurora Children’s Dentistry we strive to create a welcoming and comfortable environment for children, and our team works to make each visit as stress-free as possible. Reach us via 907-336-1234 to schedule a consultation.