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Why Children Should See a Pediatric Dentist
Why Should Children See a Pediatric Dentist Over a Regular Dentist?
Many parents make the assumption that there is no real difference between pediatric and other dentists. They couldn't be more wrong. A pediatric dentist works only with children. This offers you and your kids far more than even the most experienced dentists who only receive regular training. Experts in children's dental health have more training and experience working with children. That gives them the knowledge they need to provide your children with the specific care and attention they need. Just see what our other patients have said about our Fishers dental practice!
What is a pediatric dentist?
A pediatric dentist and a general dentist have a common goal of keeping children's mouths healthy. Many times pediatric dentists and general dentists work hand in hand to meet that goal. A pediatric dental specialist has had at least 24 months in an advanced education program. The program provides special knowledge and skills beyond the DDS training. Pediatric dentistry encompasses several disciplines. These can include behavior management, disabled patient care, supervision of dental growth and development, cavity prevention, and sedation. They learn these skills on top of regular dentistry requirements. These skills treat conditions unique to growing children and to the needs of different stages of development.
Dr. Michelle Edwards' mission is to build a community valuing dental health. We can do this together through prevention, early detection, and treatment. At our office, we keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.
Specific Educational Training
Pediatric dentistry students have two to three years of more training. This can prepare them for dealing with the growth and development of teeth. This includes hands on training with teenagers, children, and infants as well as kids with physical or mental challenges.
This prepares dentists with specific techniques and methods that they actually practice under the guidance of a certified professional. The techniques include cavity prevention, sedation, growth, and oral development. This experience not only covers a child's oral health, but also behavior management. We want to ensure kids, regardless of their age, have a positive experience at our Fishers office.
Pediatric Dental Professionals Are Trained For Disabled Children
Disabled children have a different set of needs, so you want your child to see only pediatric dentistry experts. Our dental specialists can work with the special mental, emotional, and physical needs of these children. We want to make sure they receive the optimal level of care. These experts will know how to deal with children with low levels of patience or dental fear. Disabled children can also have slight variations or deformities in their mouths or in the development of their teeth. We can also provide specialized treatments and knowledge.
Techniques and Treatments
Children need different treatments and prevention methods than adults. They are the groundwork to ensure children have healthy mouths when they grow up. Experts in pediatric dentistry, like Dr. Michelle Edwards, will be able to offer support in the area of bad oral habits. She can help with thumb sucking, the alignment of the teeth and jaws, and advice for diet and nutritional needs. And, she can identify conditions that may have passed from the mother to her child.
She will clean your children’s teeth, repair damage, prevent cavities, and give fluoride treatments. Dr. Edwards will also keep an eye on the effects of diabetes and gum disease and watch for changes. This way, she can provide the necessary preventive treatments to help your child have a healthy mouth.
Specialized dentists don't have to practice in large cities like New York or Chicago. Dentists specializing in pediatric dentistry can be anywhere, like in Fishers and Indianapolis.
There are many benefits from sending your children to your Fishers pediatric dentist. These benefits include total oral health, and an understanding of a child’s limits at the dental office. In the end, you will be glad that your children receive the best care possible. And, they will have positive experiences that will keep them returning to the dentists long after they have grown up.
Your Child's First Visit
Your child's first dental visit is an important step in establishing healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Your child should come in for a first visit when he or she is one year old, or within six months of the appearance of his or her first tooth. If you haven't visited our office before, we'll walk you through the process and make sure you and your child are comfortable.
At your first visit, your child will receive a dental x-ray and Dr. Edwards will examine your child's teeth in order to identify any problem areas. Dr. Edwards will then consult with you to let you know her findings. If there are any areas of concern, she will establish a treatment plan with you.
It's important to care for your child's teeth right from the start. If you have any questions about your child's treatment or about how to meet his or her dental care needs, Dr. Edwards will be happy to answer them all during your consultation. Please don't hesitate to ask! We want to ensure your child's teeth stay healthy and bright.
Pediatric Dental FAQ
We recommend children see the dentist either 6 months after the first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. Though this may seem early, 40% of toddlers between two and three have some inflammation of the gums and/or cavities. It is also a perfect time to establish a regular dentist for the child. You can also get advice on eruption patterns, tooth cleaning, pacifiers, fluoride and preventing tooth injuries for young walkers.
Dr. Edwards makes your child's first dental visit a pleasant experience. We want to positively influence your child's attitudes about future oral health care.
YES! Parents are welcome to be with their child.
We believe in caring for children as if they were our own. Most children like the comfort that a parent or caregiver can offer during their dental appointment. While it may be true that many children do better without their parents present, we want to work with parents as a team to address your child's dental needs.
Absolutely! Taking care of baby teeth is critical to the health of your child's adult teeth and mouth.
Tooth brushing should be done by the parents or caregiver before they can do it themselves. A wet gauze or washcloth is effective in cleaning the gums and front teeth (incisors) of plaque. Gentle tooth brushing can begin when molars erupt. Flossing can begin when most of the baby teeth are in and are touching each other. Around the age of six or seven, a child can brush their own teeth with careful supervision. A smear or pea sized drop of fluoridated toothpaste can be used when the child can spit effectively.
The best way to motivate your child is to start by being a good role model with your own daily tooth brushing, flossing and limited snacking regimen. Let them notice your own regular dental checkup schedule.
It is best to start at an early age to make mouth cleaning an event they would not want to miss.
Make it a routine to brush teeth before getting into the bathtub or getting dressed for school. Pour on the praise! Instill a sense of pride in a job well done. Children will be happy with their newfound independence.
Kid Friendly Dental Phrases
Before your child’s appointment, it’s important to use positive phrases that are age appropriate when discussing their dental needs. Here are a few kid friendly dental phrases you may here us say to your child:
“Tooth Vitamins” – Fluoride treatment to keep the enamel of the teeth strong and healthy.
“Tooth Picture” – Dental X-ray
“Tooth Chair” – Mouth prop to help the child’s mouth open.
“Tooth Trampoline” – Rubber Dam used to isolate the area we are working in.
“Vacuum” – Straw to help remove saliva.
“Mr. Bumpy” – An instrument that removes dental decay slowly, causes vibrations.
“Mr. Whistle” – An instrument that removes dental decay quickly, high pitch sounds.
“Sugar Bugs” – Dental Decay
“Barbie Spoon” – An instrument to help remove dental decay.
“Princess Tooth”, “Barbie Tooth”, “Elsa Tooth” – Fun terms to use with girls when getting a filling or crown.
“Batman Tooth”, “Spiderman Tooth”, “Pirate Tooth”- Fun terms to use when boys getting a filling or crown.
“Scuba Nose”, “Elephant Nose” – Nitrous Oxide Mask (Laughing Gas)
It’s also important not to use negative phrases such as:
Shot Needle Pain Hurt Poke Drill Yank Pull Cut