Why a Pediatric Dentist   /   At What Age Should my Child Visit the Dentist?    
 How Often Should my Child See the Dentist?   /   Why Should the Dental Visit be Enjoyable?
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Why a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist is specially trained for your child's dental needs. At Peachtree Children's Dentistry,
our doctors have received an additional two years of training, specifically in the oral health care of
children from infancy to adulthood. All children are different, and our pediatric dentists have been
trained in dealing with all types of child behavior. Furthermore, they are highly qualified in various
approaches of guiding dental growth and development, thus avoiding future problems.

Pediatric dentists are also experts in the treatment of special patients who may have emotional, physical, or mental handicaps. Because of this training, many parents choose a pediatric dentist to treat their children.

At What Age Should my Child Visit the Dentist?

Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.

It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish. Studies and experience have shown that most children react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.

How Often Should my Child See the Dentist?

To maintain optimal dental health, your child should be seen every six months unless otherwise instructed by his or her dentist.  Regular check-ups help your child stay cavity-free.  Regular cleanings remove debris that build up on the teeth, irritate the gums and cause decay.  Fluoride treatments strengthen the teeth and prevent decay.  Oral hygiene instruction reinforces proper brushing-and flossing techniques, leading to a healthier mouth and the prevention of dental decay.  Our pediatric dentists also provide an assessment of changes in the oral cavity and may suggest additional fluoride needs, sealants or changes in dietary content.

Why Should the Dental Visit be Enjoyable?

Pleasant visits with the pediatric dentist help a child establish trust and confidence that will last a lifetime.

No one should be afraid of his or her dentist. If children fear their dentist, they may avoid seeking dental care as an adult. Pediatric dentists, along with their staff, have been specially trained to help apprehensive children get over their fears and become happy, willing patients. Also, our pediatric dentists will talk to you and your child with easily understood terms, pictures and ideas, so that your child will be motivated to take proper care of his or her mouth.

We strive to make each and every visit to our office a fun one!

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Peachtree Children's Dentistry, Duluth, Snellville and Bethlehem GA

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