When you make visiting us a regular part of your child’s healthcare routine, you create a pattern that provides your child with a happy and healthy mouth. Here at Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry we believe this foundation is the secret to great dental health for the rest of your child’s life. But what all does pediatric dentistry entail?
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Simply put, pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry focused on young children. Within six months of their first tooth coming in, or by a year old, every child should have already had their first visit. We are specialists when it comes to caring for children, and we do a lot more than just normal exams and cleanings. We work closely with you to help you understand your child’s oral needs and develop a close working relationship so we can help you achieve those goals. When you’re in our office, your children are our children.
What Kinds of Training Do Pediatric Dentists Have?
Our team of dentists are all highly qualified to give your children the specialized care they deserve. In addition to the standard four years of dentistry school, we have completed at least two extra years of residency training that specifically focused on kids of all ages and the unique issues they face. We are specially trained to work with kids and love doing so. We’re kind, patient, and gentle, and know that sometimes even the most cooperative and well-behaved child can be squirmy and impatient.
Why Is it so Important My Child Gets Dental Care?
Pediatric dentistry isn’t just about making sure your child’s teeth are healthy now. While it’s important that even baby teeth come in healthy and strong to avoid issues down the road, our priority is empowering your child with a positive approach toward their dental health. Instilling your child early in the belief that they can make a positive difference in their own health makes it more likely that they’ll carry those habits with them for the rest of their lives.
What Kind of Services do Pediatric Dentists Provide?
We provide all the services you would expect from a normal dentist - check-ups, exams, cleanings, x-rays, counseling, and lots more - while doing it in a safe, welcoming, and comforting environment. We also offer a range of other services, such as care for dental emergencies, sealants, fillings and extractions, and preventive care like fluoride treatments.
What Happens During a Pediatric Exam?
These exams are pretty simple and usually don’t take very long. We’ll check for decay or infections, probably do a quick cleaning, and we’ll ask you plenty of questions about your child’s teeth and eating habits. Sometimes we might decide x-rays are needed, but most exams take less than an hour.
Start Smiling Today!
Your child’s great dental health starts today and will last a lifetime. At Smile Kids! Pediatric Dentistry, our first-class team of dentists are standing by to help you help your child. So, give us a call today at (276) 663-0065 to find out what you and your child’s first step should be!