A Fun Dentist Makes It Much Easier For Your Kids

Going to the dentist can be scary for kids, but it doesn’t have to be. Even at a pediatric dentist who specializes in treating children’s teeth, your child might put up a fight when it’s time to get his teeth cleaned. The good news is you don’t have to resign yourself to battle every six months; a little research should help you find a fun dentist who will make regular dental care less of a chore and more of a treat.

What to Look for in a Dentist Office

You’ll generally want to stay away from dentist offices that are plain and don’t provide anything to do in the waiting room. Instead, look for one that has eye-catching pictures hanging on the wall and brightly colored, entertaining decor. A child-friendly dentist office should have a waiting area full of toys, books and maybe even video games, in addition to a movie or a fish tank to look at. These can help distract your kids and make them more comfortable. Once in the chair, fun pictures on the ceiling give your child something to look at and keep him from focusing on what is happening in his mouth.

What to Look for in a Dentist

A pediatric dentist is one who is specially qualified to be working on your child’s teeth. The staff at a pediatric dentist’s office are friendly and fun and will put your child at ease by introducing themselves and calling your child by name. If possible, ask that the tools be brought out after your child lies down so they aren’t right there when he gets to the chair. Many dental offices geared toward kids have cute, non-threatening names for the tools, such as “Mr. Suction” for the spit collector tube.

Once finished, your child will be much more receptive to returning to the dentist if he is given a prize or reward after his appointment. Children will usually receive a sticker or a new toothbrush from their dentist, but it’s even more fun if you can find a one who gives copies of his tooth x-rays, toys, or books.

How to Find a Fun Dentist

Before booking a dental appointment, check out potential dentists. Leave your child at school or with a sitter and pay a visit to each of your prospective options. You’ll be able to see right away if your child will enjoy being there or will be ready to leave before you even get signed in. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – talk to the receptionist, the dental hygienists and the dentist, as time allows, and pose any questions you have. If they are open to helping you, you’ve probably found a dentist you can trust with your child.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

Do you go to the dentist? regularly?

Learn why it is important to treat oral health regularly

More than 50 years ago, examinations of people entering the military showed that Americans’ teeth were in pretty bad shape. Few people took good care of their teeth. There were no guidelines for how often you should see a dentist. Many dentists focused on fixing problems rather than preventing them.

Dental and health organizations decided there was a need to set standards for preventive dentistry. They didn’t have much evidence, so they made a “best guess” recommendation. They said people should go to the dentist twice a year for checkups and cleaning because cavities and gum disease are preventable. Some say the first use of the twice-a-year advice actually came from Pepsodent toothpaste ads.

Whatever the origins, this has proven to be a useful rule of thumb for many people. But scheduling dental visits really should be based upon each person’s oral hygiene, habits and medical conditions.

Even if you take excellent care of your teeth and gums at home, you still need to see a dentist regularly. Your dentist can check for problems that you may not see or feel. Many dental problems don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in more advanced stages. Examples include cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. Regular visits allow your dentist to find early signs of disease. Problems can be treated at a manageable stage.

On average, seeing a dentist twice a year works well for many people. Some can get away with fewer visits. Others may need more frequent visits. People with very little risk of cavities or gum disease can do fine seeing their dentist just once a year. People with a high risk of dental disease might need to visit every three or four months, or more. This high-risk group includes:

Smokers
Pregnant women
DiabeticsPeople with current gum disease
People with a weak immune response to bacterial infection
People who tend to get cavities or build up plaque

The schedule for any person may change during a lifetime. In times of stress or illness, you may need to see the dentist more often than usual. The dentist may help you to fight off a temporary infection or treat changes in your mouth.

If you take good care of your teeth and gums at home and your dentist doesn’t find any cavities or gum disease for a few years, he or she may choose to lengthen the time between visits. Ask your dentist the best schedule for your routine dental visits.

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.