At Sedalia Dental we love treating children and want to make going to the dentist fun. Many families enjoy going to the dentist together. Because Sedalia Dental treats patients of every age, we make it convenient and helpful because parents and their children can all go to the same dentist, plus, you’ll feel comfortable discussing your child’s dental needs with a dentist you are familiar with.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist is has completed two years of postgraduate work and is licensed as a specialist. The doctors at Sedalia Dental are not pediatric dentists, but they enjoy treating children and have training in providing all of the basic dental care that children need, from checkups and cleanings to fillings, stainless steel crowns, and even orthodontic care. They are licensed as general dentists, but if anything complicated comes up they will refer your child to a pediatric dentist specialist.
Avoiding Pediatric Dental Anxiety
It is ideal to begin your child’s dental visits early. This way your child’s early experiences with the dentist will be pleasant, instead of traumatic because of dealing with a dental emergency. Our staff works hard to make your child’s visit a fun experience. We even have video games and toys to help them feel relaxed and at home because our goal is that they look forward to coming back.
We’ll see patients in our office as young as one year of age and parents are welcome to accompany their child during the exam. Here are some tips to keep in mind when it comes to children and going to the dentist:
Don’t treat dental care as a punishment. Sometimes parents are tempted to “threaten” their children with a dental visit if they don’t regularly brush their teeth. Instead, help them understand that their dental visits are an extension of their daily oral hygiene.
- Don’t use scare tactics. Instead of telling them their dental visits will be painful if they don’t brush their teeth, talk to them about how much nicer their mouth smells after they brush.
- Don’t over-prepare them. You can unintentionally make your child anxious by spending a lot of time talking to them about their appointment. If you treat it like it is no big deal then they’ll feel that way, too.
- Start going to the dentist at an early age. The younger your child has their first visit, the more likely it is to be an easy appointment.
Get your child started on the path to good oral health. Call our office or request an appointment online.