Kids love candy and hate brushing their teeth. Enamel on primary teeth is thinner, and cavities seem to occur at a faster rate. These factors result in dental cavities being the most common childhood problem. There can often be trauma and anxiety around your child and dentistry. Someone gentle and patient who will help your every need is ideal.
Where to Find a Good Pediatric Dentist?
You can find a good number of pediatric dentists in hospitals.
A small percentage of the population have severe early childhood caries and require full mouth rehabilitation ( 8-12 SSC's) in the operating room. These are typically 1,500$-2000$ cases.
Disease, growth, and development knowledge of children can be difficult to learn on-the-job as a general dentist.
When choosing a pediatric dentist, keep in mind that there is no magic that a pedodontist has. They have a lot of experience and lot's of "tricks" up their sleeves to assist your child.
This is why, with their training, there's nothing wrong with going to the pediatric dentist, even as an adult.
Here's How They Work
The procedures are usually quick and easy. However, if your kid is difficult to manage, they might suggest sedation in addition to the necessary dental work. There is no magic that a kid’s dentist has, just a lot of experience and lot's of "tricks" up their sleeves!
Two important questions to consider:
- Is the pediatrician certified by the American Board of Pediatrics (AAP)?
- Is the pediatrician a member of the AAP? This is important for providing child healthcare.
Answering these will help you figure out whether you can trust a professional or not. Once you've narrowed your choices down to two or three doctors, you're ready to get specific questions answered.
More Things To Consider
Gender should not influence your decision in choosing a pediatrician. What you should really pay attention to is…
- past patient satisfaction
- character of the staff
- medical school choice
- and a pro-vaccination stance for all patients
These are all top considerations to keep in mind when choosing a practitioner. Another good recommendation would be to consider the personal preferences for your child: the actual patient getting treated. A typical check-up will last at least 20 minutes, and by the end of it, you’ll know whether your child’s teeth are healthy – and if any other procedures are necessary.
If you need further tips, some parents have suggested improving nutrition of their children through fundamentals from the Weston A. Price diet.
There's a book called "Cure Tooth Decay" by Ramiel Nagel that approaches teeth issues from the same perspective as Westin A. Price and gives guidelines on how to follow a diet that will strengthen teeth and perhaps stop decay and regrow enamel.
If you’d like to learn about the pediatric care we can offer your child, simply call us today at (480) 830-5100 to schedule your consultation. Our dental experts are always on the line and happy to help you make the best decision possible!