Introduce A Child To Good Oral Hygiene Gently – With Gentle Dentistry

A scary first experience at the dentist is one way to make future visits a nightmare for both the child in question and the parents. Some children are so terrified they won’t even sit in the chair at the dental office. This is where enrolling in a dental group that allows one to take children to a pediatric, or gentle dental is important.

These professionals know just how to ease a child into the process of preventative dentistry, and put them at ease should the need for more serious procedures arise. Visits can be nurturing, comforting and even fun when the right provider is chosen.

Children should see a dentist from the moment the first tooth erupts, or no later than the first birthday. Many parents are unaware of this standard set forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Regardless, it’s important to know that toddlers and preschoolers are indeed susceptible to tooth decay even at such a young age. Thankfully it’s highly preventable as long as the child has early dental visits, good nutrition and has a parent or adult that’s equally invested in proper home care.

The right dental group should be passionate about instilling healthy habits in children such as brushing and flossing correctly as well as building an experience that will only have a positive impact.

What to Look for in a Provider of Gentle Dentistry
Dental groups should offer providers that have the latest dental equipment housed in welcoming rooms for children. All decor should be bright, and there should be toys available in the waiting room. Some treatment rooms even feature a television on the ceiling, so when children lay back, they can watch their favorite cartoons. Further, many feature the ability to earn prizes upon having a good visit.
This fun atmosphere sets the stage for future visits, as the child will always associate oral health with happiness and good times.

However, the atmosphere is not all that’s important when choosing a dental group that supports a gentle pediatric provider. Professionals within the practice should use child-friendly language so that kids understand when they are taught things like proper brushing and flossing. Children that are typically anxious or have special needs that make going to the dentist a challenge should feel happy and motivated.

Many also appreciate the use of nitrous oxide for children in special circumstances. Having this option in an office can be a godsend to some. Take some time to discuss the typical practices of the provider in question to be sure they align with what is expected. Also, question the dental provider as to what services they offer for the child’s future needs including cosmetic dentistry and endodontics as well as other specialties. They may provide some services, or they could be affiliated with other specialists.

Aside from these characteristics, it’s always beneficial to partner with an office that works inside the hours that one is available to attend appointments. They should have weekend and, or evening hours. Most dental providers do a good job of having at least a few options for offices that not only specializes in pediatric dentistry but also have flexible hours. Outside office hours, patients will need to consider emergency dental, and not all dental clinic provides this service.


It’s Never Too Late to Switch
If a child has already experienced a traumatic dental visit, rest easy that it’s not too late to switch to a gentle dental provider. It may take some extra time but if they’re good at what they do they’ll have the child at ease in no time. They understand that care should be on the child’s terms to make them most comfortable, and in no time, they’ll be going to visits with no worries at all.



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