Why a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists, or pedodontists, specialize in the treatment of children’s dental disease. Pediatric dentists focus on making children feel comfortable with dentistry, assist in the prevention of dental and periodontal disease, and restore and maintain primary and permanent teeth.
After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, pediatric dentists require an extra two to three years of dental training to meet the unique dental needs of infant, children, and adolescent dental care. Pediatric dentistry emphasizes the establishment of trust and confidence between children and their dentists. One of the main components of pediatric training is child psychology. Pediatric Dentists utilize special office designs, different communication styles, and an emphasis on teaching preventative dental habits to children in an effort to make dental visits pleasant for our young patients. For children, pediatric dentistry places special importance in preventing tooth decay. Studies show that poor oral health care in children can lead to decreased school performance and poor social relationships. Therefore, pediatric dentists give advice on how to promote strong and healthy teeth, the importance of developing healthy eating habits, and other ways to prevent the formation of cavities.
The role of the pediatric dentists changes as children enter adolescence. Recognizing the growing importance of appearance and self-image in their clients, pediatric dentists work to ensure that adolescents’ dental care changes to meet their changing needs. Preventative dental health care is emphasized. Pediatric dentistry also provides parents with educational tools regarding their children’s dental needs. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child’s first dental visit should occur sometime between the presence of the first tooth in a child to that child’s first birthday. The pediatric dentist provides parents with a program of preventative home care and advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of their children.
We are concerned about your child’s total health care. Good oral health is an important part of total health. Establishing us as your child’s “Dental Home” provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.
Pleasant visits to the dental office promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. From our special office designs, to our communication style, our main concern is what is best for your child.
If you have questions or would like more information please contact us by Phone: 603 635-1166, Fax: 603 635-1186 or Send Email to: Collins Dentistry for Children