Kids and adults both need dental healthcare, but the type of treatment kids receive from the dentist is different from what adults receive. Pediatric dentistry calls for specialized training, treatments, tools, and medical knowledge. To make sure all procedures that are performed are as effective, efficient, and stress-free as possible, make sure you take your kid to a dental practice that specializes in pediatric dentistry, like Anthem Pediatric Dentistry. We have locations in both Henderson and East Las Vegas. Reach out to us today if you would like to schedule an appointment!
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Children’s Dental Treatment Versus Adult Treatment
A pediatric dentist has at least two more years of training than a general dentist. Often, pediatric dentists start with general dentistry and move on to do pediatric dentistry later as a specialty. What do we spend that extra few years studying? Many things! Some things pediatric dentist training focuses on are:
- Treatment of developing teeth
- Child behavior and psychology
- Children’s physical growth
- Treating children with special needs
- Preventive dental treatments for kids
If you would like to experience the difference between a pediatric dentist’s office vs a general dentist’s office, contact Anthem Pediatric Dentistry to schedule an appointment!
3 Reasons Pediatric Dentistry is Important
Why is pediatric dentistry so important? Here are the big reasons:
#1: We Keep Mouths Healthy
We have met many adults who believe that baby teeth aren’t important to take care of because “they will eventually fall out.” However, this is of course incorrect. Baby teeth do fall out, but while they are there they are needed for proper oral health and development. What is more, baby teeth tell us a lot of information about your child’s jaw development and gives us the ability to create long-term plans. The sooner you bring your child in for an appointment, the sooner we will be able to address any issues that may emerge. The cornerstone of pediatric dentistry is preventive care. A dental check-up may be just as important as a check-up with their doctor, from the perspective of preventive medicine.
Another way we help keep their mouths healthy is by helping children build good oral hygiene. Here are the basics, which you’ve probably heard many times, but which are worth repeating, as they really do make all the difference. Let’s brush up on the basics:
- Brush twice a day for about two minutes
- Use proper equipment
- Brush at an angle and focus the bristles where your teeth meet your gums
- Keep your toothbrush clean
- Replace your toothbrush if it becomes flayed or after 3 months of use
- Floss daily
- Take your time and be gentle when flossing
- Consider mouthwash
- See a dentist promptly when oral health problems emerge
#2: Minimize Anxiety About Visiting the Dentist
Many children are a bit nervous about visiting the dentist. That’s why we design our pediatric dentistry office to be a welcoming, comfortable, and fun place for children. With colorful walls, kid-friendly books, games, and prizes, we aim to create an environment your kid will be happy in. Our staff is also trained to understand children and provide them reassurance and patient care. It may seem insignificant, but the attitude your child has towards the dentist’s office can have a big impact on their lifelong relationship with their oral health.
#3: Provide Professional Feedback
How do you know when your repeated mantra of “Brush your teeth,” actually sticks? You tell your kid a lot of information about what they should and shouldn’t do, with greater or less degrees of success. The professional feedback of a professional dentist can help strengthen the message and help your child build good dental cleaning habits. When an expert looks your child in the eyes and tells them about how not brushing can lead to cavities or gum disease, they are more likely to listen. Your child will also be more susceptible to positive reinforcement from a professional dentist — e.g. “You’re brushing and flossing every day? Keep up the good work!”
Schedule Regular Dental Visits for Your Child
When it comes to your child’s health, don’t forget about the basics. Good dental cleaning practices aren’t just important for keeping their teeth clean, but also plays a big role in their overall health as well. That’s why it’s so important that you choose a pediatric dentist who is right for you, so you can sit back and relax as your child gets the best dental care possible. If you are in Las Vegas or Henderson and would like to schedule an appointment with a highly experienced pediatric dentist, reach out to Anthem Pediatric Dentistry today!