April 6, 2019
Moving to a new area is hard enough, but when you add the time it takes to find new doctors for everyone in your family, it can be exhausting. While it might seem easier and more convenient to choose a family dentist who can see everyone you love, it may not be the best option for the youngest members of your family. Here are 3 reasons why it’s better for your child to see a pediatric dentist in Birmingham versus a general dentist.
What’s the Difference?
All dentists are the same, right? Wrong! While the educational background requirements are the same, there are plenty of differences between a general dentist and someone who specializes in kid dentistry. You may think your dentist is perfectly suited to take care of your child’s teeth; however, your son or daughter may not feel as warm and welcomed by someone who doesn’t have the right demeanor or knowledge to properly care for their young teeth. Let’s look at some of the reasons it’s just better for your child to see a pediatric dentist.
You prefer someone who doesn’t beat around the bush and gets to the point. You want someone who is honest about treatment options and doesn’t sugar coat anything. But what about your children? This type of matter-of-fact personality isn’t typically well-received by children. A pediatric dentist knows understands a child’s needs and is often more patient, kind, and compassionate. They also make it easier for kids to ask questions without feeling intimidated.
Knowledgeable About Children’s Dental Needs
Although all dental professionals must complete four years of dental school to obtain a license, pediatric dentists must finish an additional two to three years of advanced training. If you see a board-certified pediatric dentist, you can expect someone who has specialized skills and training to meet the needs of babies, children, and adolescents.
In addition, you can expect a pediatric dentist to provide more thorough preventative oral health tips, often taking your children step-by-step through the brushing and flossing process. They’ll also be able to explain the importance of fluoride and dental sealants – two treatments that are highly beneficial for children.
A Child’s Playland
From kid-friendly movies in the waiting room to toys and child-friendly books, you can expect your child’s pediatric dentist to have plenty to keep them occupied while they wait. In addition, you shouldn’t be surprised to see your child’s dentist office looking more like a child’s playland than an actual dentist office. Bland walls with plaques and posters do nothing to spark a child’s imagination or make them feel safe and secure. However, walls filled with colorful sea creatures can make any child more excited about their dental visit.
We know convenience is important to you. While it may seem like the better option for everyone in your family to see the same dentist, it’s best to leave your children’s teeth in the hands of a specialized pediatric dentist. You’ll rest better knowing their teeth are receiving the care needing at this stage in their life.
About the Author
Dr. Angelica R. Rohner earned her undergraduate degree in early childhood development and education. After teaching special education for two years, she decided to go to the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry where she earned her DMD degree. She then completed a two-year internship/residency program in Pediatric Dentistry at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received an advanced degree in pediatric dentistry. As a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Rohner wants to ensure your child’s dental needs are met with the highest quality of care. To find out more about us, visit our website or call (205) 870-0892.
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