Many parents worry about the anxiety their children may feel about visiting the dentist. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to help children relax during their appointment.
Who is a kid-friendly dentist?
A kid-friendly dentist is a dentist who has extra training and experience in diagnosing and treating children. Children's dentists are also trained to manage any fears children may have about going to the dentist.
A kid-friendly dentist who specializes in treating children has completed at least two additional years of education beyond dental school. This training focuses on children's dental health and behavior management. In addition, kid dentists continue their education throughout their career by attending courses, lectures, and reading journals to keep up with any changes and advances in children's dental care.
What to expect at dental visits to our kid-friendly dental office?
Seeing a dentist twice a year or once every six months is recommended for most adults and children. Visits every six months are recommended for most patients to help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental issues.
Besides offering dental treatments to kids in a comfortable environment, our kid-friendly dentist offers the following services:
- Dental sealants and fluoride treatments
With dental sealants, you can help protect the teeth of your child by covering deep pits and fissures in your child's molars. Fluoride treatments strengthen the teeth and prevent cavities.
A kid's dentist can help parents and children learn how to practice good oral hygiene habits and prevent tooth decay.
Your pediatric dentist can also give you recommendations on good dietary habits to maintain oral health.
A pediatric dentist has additional training to help your child feel comfortable and safe in the dental chair. A pediatric dentist understands how to work with children, even those who are very young. Their offices are designed to feel more like playing space and less like a dental office. And they use techniques that are gentle and non-invasive to make sure your child feels safe and comfortable. We make dental visits more enjoyable for children by offering toys and games, as well as prizes and rewards for children who come to their appointments on time.
What are some tips for choosing the best kid-friendly dentist?
Here are some things to consider when selecting a dentist for your kids.
- Look for a dentist who is trained to work with children. Most dentists adjust their approach when working with children.
- Make sure your children feel comfortable with the dentist.
- Make sure your children understand what will happen during the appointment.
- Consider visiting the dentist with your child first before their appointment. Seeing the dentist before your child's first appointment can help them get used to the environment.
To learn about our dental procedures, call Desert Mountain Dental at (520) 324-0100 and schedule an appointment or visit our Tucson dental office.