When looking for the right family dentist, you need to look further than just their specialty and credentials. You need a dentist with experience working with children who will make your child feel comfortable and safe in the office.
After all, if your child is afraid of visiting the dentist’s office, they will likely not want a checkup every six months as they should. Instead, they’ll avoid the dentist until they have a problem that needs to be fixed. That can lead to more invasive procedures that are more complex and expensive than maintaining regular checkups.
At Hulen Smiles, Implant and Cosmetic Dentist, we specialize in providing dental care for children and our kid-friendly dentist is gentle and considerate.
Pediatric Dentist vs. General Dentist
Unlike general dentists, pediatric dentists receive extra training that helps them provide better dental care to children. These dentists know how to talk with children to put them at ease during appointments.
Pediatric dentists specialize in treating complex oral health issues that arise in childhood, such as developmental disorders and problems with facial development. They can also provide pain management options and helpful sedation methods to keep your child comfortable and relaxed during a procedure.
The pediatric dentist can screen for potential problems and address them at the earliest. Some issues are easier to diagnose and treat in children than in adults. For example, childhood cavities are easier to spot and treat because they’re smaller and don’t affect as many teeth as adult ones.
Routine cleanings keep your child’s smile healthy and clean. During their routine appointment, our dentist will clean your child’s teeth and remove any plaque buildup. The dentist will also provide specialized preventative treatments for children such as fluoride applications that help strengthen teeth against cavities.
The Importance of Early Dental Care
During your child’s first visit, the dentist will evaluate their overall health by reviewing their health history, current medications, and their developmental milestones. This will help them determine the best time to schedule their first appointment. After thoroughly examining and cleaning the child’s teeth, our dentist will give personalized recommendations for at-home care and future visits.
Developmental milestones are an important indicator of your baby’s health and development and can alert to potential issues that may need to be addressed before they worsen. If the condition isn’t addressed, it can cause severe damage to an infant’s mouth and may even lead to losing primary teeth before their permanent teeth erupt. This can be prevented with appropriate care from the pediatric dentists at our dental office.
Children require different care than adults, so it’s essential to find a pediatric dentist for your child’s checkups and routine treatments. For the best dental care tailored for your children's unique needs, visit Hulen Smiles, Implant and Cosmetic Dentist at 6217 Oakmont Blvd, Fort Worth 76132, or call (817) 585-4159 .