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Tips for Finding the Best Dentist for My Child

Tips for Finding the Best Dentist for My Child | Lincoln Dental Center

Introduction to Child Dentistry

A first–time visit to the dental office can be an overwhelming experience for young children; especially if they are seeing a dentist for the very first time. From the buzzing noises of professional dental equipment to the many different clinical settings which young children may find themselves in at a dentist’s office, it's understandable why parents would want to find a professional, seasoned and trustworthy dentist for their kids who will make sure they feel comfortable and at ease when visiting the dental clinic.

Finding a great pediatric dentist for your child doesn't have to be difficult, but what should you keep an eye out for, when searching for a great pediatric dentist near you? Find out below by reading Lincoln Dental Center's simple guide to pediatric dentistry, which includes useful tips on how to find the best dentist for your child.

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

So, what is child dentistry all about?

Pediatric Dentistry, or what is most commonly known as "child dentistry" refers to the professional oral health care and dental practices for children and adolescents.

How do pediatric dentists differ from general dentists?

Beyond the first four years of dental school, pediatric dentists must practice two years of residency to be specially trained to work with children of all ages, ranging from infancy into the teenage years. Pediatric dentists can provide a number of comprehensive oral health care services for your child.

What Can a Pediatric Dentist Do For My Child?

Generally speaking, pediatric dentists look after your child's teeth and gums, from their first set of baby teeth to their secondary, permanent teeth.

As an overview, pediatric dentists can help with:

  • Cleaning and maintenance of great oral health care for your child.
  • Teaching and demonstrating healthy dental habits to your child to show them how to keep their teeth and gums in check.
  • Educating and encouraging the prevention of oral health decay or disease when it comes to taking care of their teeth and gums.

Types of Pediatric Dental Services

More specifically, there are many types of examinations and treatments a pediatric dentist is licensed provide when it comes to your child’s oral health:

  • Infant oral health exams
    Infants require special intimate care as their gums and teeth begin to develop. Infant oral health exams can offer risk assessment evaluations for caries in mother and child. (Caries is the decaying and deterioration of tooth or bone, caused by the action of acid on the surface tooth enamel .)
  • Examinations for early detection of tooth decay, diseases and/or defects
    Pediatric dentists can perform routine X-ray and physical examinations to ensure that your child’s teeth are in the best condition possible.
  • Infant oral health exams
    Infants require special intimate care as their gums and teeth begin to develop. Infant oral health exams can offer risk assessment evaluations for caries in mother and child. (Caries is the decaying and deterioration of tooth or bone, caused by the action of acid on the surface tooth enamel .)
  • Preventive dental care
    Not only can pediatric dentists provide routine cleaning and fluoride treatments to ensure your child's teeth is all up to date on their oral health care, your child's dentist can also recommend dietary or nutritional tips which can help prevent damage to your child’s teeth.
  • Habits Counselling
    Pediatric dentists can advise on children’s use of pacifiers or habit of thumb sucking. This is especially helpful for new parents learning to manage their child’s oral health care and habits as their teeth start coming in.
  • Early orthodontics assessment and treatment
    For some children, braces may be an option considered for cosmetic purposes. For others, dentists can recommend treatments of orthodontics for more serious cases, such as overcrowding, overlapping or jaw and bite conditions that require intensive care.
  • Management of gum diseases
    Pediatric dentists may advise, treat or help prevent conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease.
  • Repair and care for dental injuries
    Young children and adolescents partake in activities which may sometimes result in fractured, chipped or broken teeth. In the case of dental injuries, your child's pediatric dentist can provide fillings or other recommendations to help make the healing process smoother.

How to Find a Good Dentist For Your Child

Below are some useful tips to bear in mind when looking for a great pediatric dentist:

  • Use online search engines to look up Pediatric Dentists (or "Child dentist") near you.
  • Review the dental professional's credentials and past patient reviews.
  • Call or email the dental offices you are interested in visiting ahead of time to inquire about the services they have available.
  • For painful or more severe cases, look up dentists who provide emergency or after hour care to ensure your child's case is taken care of in a timely manner.
  • Speak with the pediatric dentist yourself to get to know whether their services are right for you.

Lincoln Dental Centre Can Help

Have other questions about pediatric dentistry? We're happy to help. Feel free to contact us at (604) 552-9500 or by clicking here to get in touch with a Lincoln Dental Centre representative today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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