Pediatric dentist Las Vegas
Just like you would take your child to a pediatrician, you should also take them to a pediatric dentist Los Angeles who has specialized in treating children’s’ oral health. It is recommended that a baby should be taken to the dentist before their first birthday. Although this seems a tad too early, it is important that a pediatric dentist checks the health of the first few teeth as they appear.
As a parent, here are some factors to consider when choosing a pediatric dentist;
Certifications and specialized training
The most important factor in selecting a pediatric dentist is to determine whether they are qualified for the job. Normally, a pediatric dentist should have completed four years of college, four more years at dental school and an extra two or three years of training as a pediatric dentist. Other pediatric dentist started out with general dentistry and specialized in pediatric dentistry. You can check the dentist’s qualifications on your relevant qualification board, e.g. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website.
The most important aspect of training in this field is that the dentist learns how to make children comfortable, handle their behavior and deal with special needs children like those with autism. This brings us to the next point;
Conducive and welcoming environment
Additionally, the dentist’s office should be welcoming and diffuse any tension that the kids might have. Understandably, kids are usually terrified of the dentist just like most adults are. Pediatric dentists’ offices should be brightly colored and have toys and games for children in the waiting room. Some offices play cartoons to keep children engaged and give them small gifts like stickers, candy, and toys after the appointment. The environment is not restricted to physical aspects alone. The staff at the pediatric dentist, Los Angeles office, should also be welcoming and use positive language when talking to the children. For instance, before doing a procedure, they should tell the child what they are about to do and show them as well to clear any tension and apprehension. Children are more likely to enjoy their appointment when they see other children enjoying themselves.
Is the Pediatric Dentist well-equipped?
There is nothing wrong with using standard dental equipment on children. However, the dentist needs to be equipped with smaller child-sized equipment for effective treatment. The pediatric dentist should introduce one tool at a time to avoid overwhelming the child and scaring them with a collection of scary-looking tools. Other equipment includes sedation apparatus like an oxygen tank, papoose board, and intubation equipment. Apart from being equipped with tools, the pediatric dentist should be equipped with best practices for treating children. Ideally, he/ she should comply with preventative measures that will ensure long-term oral health. These include dental sealant to protect the enamel from decay and topical fluoride treatment that makes baby teeth resistant to cavities and corrects small exposure to decay to prevent bigger cavities. The dentist should then advise the child on best practices for oral health like brushing twice a day and flossing. Your first appointment should provide a basis for evaluation where you can assess the child’s comfort level and the dentist’s prowess.
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