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How to Select a Pediatric Dentist

How to Select a Pediatric Dentist

Friday, April 20th, 2018

How to Select a Pediatric Dentist

If you’re seeking a Pediatric dentist in Kitsilano Vancouver, the team at Vancouver Dental Group have the expertise and care you expect when dealing with dentistry for children. Located in Kitsilano in Vancouver, our clinic is conveniently located to serve clients located in downtown Vancouver, Olympic Village, Kitsilano and otehr surrounding areas.

What exactly is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists specialize in providing complicated, therapeutic and preventive oral care for children (ranging from infants to teenagers), as well as those with special needs, the mentally challenged, the chronically ill or those that are disabled in any way. Pediatric dentists are also great choices for adults that may require special needs. Commonly, adults that have Down syndrome, HIV infection, Cerebral Palsy (CP), cleft lip or cleft lip palate, hearing or vision impaired, seizure disorders or any other conditions that affect the skull and or learning development may also benefit from pediatric dental care.

Pediatric Dental Care

The care that a pediatric dentist provides, ranges from regular oral health exams (including accessing the risk factor for both mother and child for caries) to preventive dental care (such as brushing, nutrition and diet recommendations), to fluoride treatments and regular cleaning and use of sealants to prevent any future cavities.

A pediatric dentist may also…

• Diagnose and treat dental developed difficulties such as root canals on adult teeth that have never fully formed.

• Provide mouth guards for either preventing sport injuries or for protecting the teeth at night.

• Preventive care to safeguard against any problems such as teething or gum disease.

• They also offer counseling for pacifier use or thumb sucking.

• They also offer treatment and assessment for teeth that may have an overbite or improper bite or need to be straightened.

• Repair and defects for tooth cavities.

• They may also diagnose oral issues that could be associated with certain disease such as congenital heart defects, asthma, ADHD, and even diabetes.

Pediatric Dentist versus General Dentists

Many families will choose to have their family treated by general dentists, as that dentist most likely has an established relationship with the entire family. General dentists may not be prepared or inclined to offer specialized focus for children (not meaning that they are not providing better care than a pediatric dentist can offer, but they are more specialized in it).
A pediatric dentist has additional years of dental school curriculum, unlike like that of a general dentist does. The program requires them to have hands on experience with child psychology and growth and development. Pediatric dentists are aware of tactics that allow them to provide a comfortable and safe environment to be able to safely examine and treat the children. They normally have their offices arranged and designed to specifically cater to children.

When you choose a pediatric dentist, you are helping to ensure that your child is getting the best and latest treatment, care and resources that are available to detect, prevent and treat all of your child’s needs throughout their development. For example, your pediatric dentist may educate you on prevention and provide you with the education that you would need. During the teenage years, when self-image, appearance all become a priority the emphasis may alter to restoring and correcting teeth, preventive dental health care, oral piercings, drug and tobacco use, sealants, and restoration options such as teeth bleaching, crowns and veneers. Pediatric dentists primarily practice in medical centers, dental schools or they have their own private practice. They have a team approach so they are able to work with your family doctor, another dental specialist or a pediatrician.

When and how often should you visit Pediatric Dentists?

The first time your child should see the dentist, should be approximately six months after the first tooth appears and usually no later than one year of age. After that point, they should regularly see the dentist every six months, but some dentists may encourage you to come every three months in order to build a comfortable relationship or if there are any developing concerns.

What should you expect from the first visit?

At the first encounter, a pediatric dentist will assess the risk of caries, provide you with information regarding early childhood caries, and provide you with facts about pacifiers and thumb sucking. After the initial assessment, the dentist will discuss with you any foreseen issues as well he or she will provide you with preventive at home care including brushing, fluoride and diet. As well, they will provide you with information on how to prevent any mouth or teeth injuries and provide you with information on development and growth of their teeth.

Selecting a Pediatric Dentist

Some factors to consider when deciding on the right pediatric dentist for your family should be:

-Does the Pediatric Dentist continue educating themselves through conventions, conferences, seminars or even taking more educational classes?

-Does the dentist make you or your child feel comfortable? Is the staff there friendly, quick in taking care of any of your concerns; are they knowledgeable and do they take care of you and your child’s needs?

-Is the office set up as child friendly office such as child sized furniture, decorations, entertainment or some kind of distraction, child size instruments and handouts for children of all ages?

-What kind of policy do they have on allowing parents to accompany the children during treatment? Some offices like a parent to stay with the child for several reasons such as educating them and to help the child feel at ease. Other offices, really like to encourage the children to return for treatment on their own so they can build a relationship on trust and also to put the child at ease.

-Does the office accept your dental insurance plan?

-Were you guided properly or informed about your child’s teeth development and given at home care education or guidance?

-Were all your questions or your child’s questions or concerns addressed in an age appropriate manner with respect and sensitivity?

There are many considerations when selecting a pediatric dentist for your child’s dental needs. We are confident that we can meet and exceed your expectations.

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