Do your children struggle with getting their teeth cleaned and examined? These offices can be frightening places for a young person. Family dentistry is important because it offers a more relaxing environment in which to care for children. These oral health professionals are more than capable of handling small children. Of course, they can take care of mom and dad too, but being flexible enough to work with kids is a big plus. These offices are also capable of doing pediatric work. Let's take a look at how these professionals serve the young members of our families.
It's never too early to get kids in good oral healthcare habits. When dealing with pediatric patients, dental professionals will not only do a careful cleaning, but they will also educate the parents on the safest ways to clean their baby's teeth, and how to avoid cavities when more and more teeth start appearing in the mouth. It is always best to bring children in before their first birthday. In a study published in Pediatric Dentistry, it was shown that children who waited until their second or third birthdays to visit the office were far more likely to have subsequent restorative and emergency visits to a family dentistry office. Start your children early, and learn the best ways to clean a child's teeth.
In addition to pediatrics, family dentistry is terrific for older children. As children age, they become more observant. The instruments used in the cleaning procedures commonly scare a lot of children. This is where it pays to have skilled oral health professionals who specialize in working with these types of patients. It is extremely difficult to complete a cleaning if the child is scared and constantly flinching. The method most commonly used to combat the fears of children is as simple as show and tell. The children are shown each instrument that is about to be used. They are then told exactly what will be done with the tool. It is very important for the health professionals to do exactly what they told the children they would do. Believe it or not, the method of show and tell is a lot more effective than the method of distraction. The distraction method just teaches children not to trust the adults around them.
Treating kids is why family dentistry exists. Bringing them to an office where they will be scared is not a great idea. For one, their oral health will likely suffer as a result of their fears, and they will be uncomfortable. Ask your oral health professional if they are adept at handling children clients before you take your kids there.
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