Title: Choosing a Pediatric Dentist
When you become a new mom or dad, most of us do not think about having to locate a dentist within the first year of our babies life. However, it is very important to begin good oral hygiene immediately. Even before you baby receives their first tooth, you should begin brushing their gums. You can use a toothbrush that is for infants or a soft cloth and water to brush their gums. The milk that they drink needs to be removed from their gums as to not cause possible decay of the incoming teeth.
When they receive their first tooth, you also need to begin brushing it with a toothbrush. At that point, you need to take them to see a pediatric dentist. Most people are not aware that there are pediatric dentists out there, but they are. A pediatric dentist is the pediatrician of dentistry. They receive an extra two to three years of training in study and hands on school to specialize in the pediatric industry of dentistry. When you begin your search for a pediatric dentist, you want to first look at their experience. A more experienced pediatric dentist has already gone through working with young children and is more than likely going to be more patient than someone who has not had much hand on treatment of younger children.
We all want our children to be comfortable with their pediatrician and their pediatric dentist is no different. Look at the environment that the dentist is working in. Is it child friendly? Are the other employees, assistants, etc all comforting to children as well? Most pediatric dentists are kid friendly. They will have a fun, bright, and energetic atmosphere and they make the experience less stressful for children.
Also inquire with the pediatric dentist on whether or not they use age appropriate and size appropriate tools. Children have smaller mouths and smaller teeth so therefore the tools need to be smaller than the size used for adults.
You might also check with your friends, family, or co workers and even your pediatrician to see which pediatric dentist that they would highly recommend.
When your child is becoming more independent, they are going to want to brush their own teeth. I would recommend that you assist them until they are around five to six years old in order to make sure that they are brushing for the right amount of time and the correct way. You might even use a kitchen timer or some kind of fun timer for children to know how much time that they need to brush their teeth. It is recommended that they brush their teeth for approximately 3 minutes. It is also very important that your children brush twice a day once they have more than a few teeth in their mouths. Keeping up good oral hygiene, even through their teenage years is important for lifelong hygiene. Good luck in your search for a pediatric dentist.