What Is Pediatric Dentistry?
A dental specialty, pediatric dentistry focuses on the younger populations - kids of all ages. Dentists obtain extra training and experience to gain knowledge and skills that specifically relate to the conditions and concerns that impact the oral health of children - including how to diagnose and treat them. This is important, as children are consistently growing and developing.
The experiences young ones have at the dentist today will impact their oral health care tomorrow. At Truth & Laughter Dentistry, we understand how young patients can be both nervous and excited to come to our office. We also know that kids are inquisitive and they are going to want to know about everything we do. Our highly compassionate and gentle dental team knows just how to create a healthy, solid foundation for a lifetime of oral health.
Benefits of Pediatric Dentistry
One of the biggest benefits of pediatric dentistry is that your child is being cared for by someone with specialized training. But, that’s not all. Pediatric dentistry also offers you:
- Staff that understands and knows how to care for the younger population, discussing care in a way that is age-appropriate.
- A positive dental experience to set the tone for the future.
- Dentistry tools and equipment are sized for small teeth and mouths.
- Knowledge about caring for primary teeth.
- Awareness of habits and health concerns of children.
- Dental cleanings
- Dental sealants
- Digital x-rays
- Fluoride treatments
- Composite fillings
- Bite alignment
- Dental crowns
- Dental bonding
Why Choose Truth and Laughter Dentistry?
You have the ability to choose any dentist for your child - and you want to choose the best dentist. After all, early dental experiences can greatly impact future oral health. Therefore, you want to look for a dentist that provides a soft, gentle touch with a level of compassion and understanding that can make your child feel heard.
That’s what you find at Truth & Laughter Dentistry. We work to build a strong relationship and level of trust with your child, even teaching about the importance and best practices of oral hygiene along the way. Dr. Muzaffar has specialized training to ensure that any oral health concerns are addressed and treated in the most beneficial manner.
We look forward to welcoming you - and your child - to our dental practice.
When should my child see the dentist for the first time?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should see the dentist for the first time around 1 year of age.
How often does my child need to visit the dentist?
Oral healthcare is important and starting early can develop lifelong habits. It is recommended that your child see the dentist every 6 months for a cleaning and examination.
How can I prepare my child for his/her first dental visit?
Whether you are taking your child at 1 year of age or if your child is older, you will want to prepare your child for the dentist in an age-appropriate way. If you are about to discuss the visit, don’t use any words that can cause your child to be nervous, such as “needle” or “shot” or “drill.”
One of the best ways is leading by example. Let your child see you and others in the home caring for their teeth daily. And even consider letting your child tag along to dental visits, if possible. Remember, as long as you are excited and don’t show any fear, they will be excited, too.