It goes without saying that, when it comes to your kids, you only want the best and most qualified providers.

Thus, when it comes to finding a doctor that you can trust to be both professional and kind with the youngest members of your family, you always want to start with a pediatric specialist — especially when it comes to their teeth.

But we get it, you likely have more questions. That’s why, if you’ve been chewing on why to choose a pediatric specialist over a family dentist or other care provider, allow us to provide a more in-depth explanation:

Specialists in Little Smiles

“In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday,” the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends.

Thus, many patients come to pediatric dentists before they can even talk let alone floss or brush their own teeth.

What’s more, little teeth and young gums often require attention that is more gentle and individualized than adult teeth, rendering pediatric dentistry essential for young children whose teeth have only just begun to emerge.

Additionally, as young children who are unaccustomed to dental visits may be frightened by the overall experience, a pediatric dentist would also be preferable in that their office and staff will likely be committed to being as welcoming and fun as possible.

More Than Just a Number

In order to effectively decide on and execute the most beneficial treatments options for your child — and in order to accommodate the varying moods and behaviors of different children while in their chair — pediatric dentists actually receive two to three years’ worth of additional specialized training in comparison to other dental specialists.

“A pediatric dentist makes a recommendation of behavior guidance methods for the child based upon health history, special health care needs, dental needs, type of treatment required, the consequences of no treatment, emotional and intellectual development, and parental preferences,” the American Dental Association (ADA) explains.

In effect, pediatric dentists are best equipped to collaborate with parents and care for a child’s teeth from infancy through adolescence. They are also educated on providing dental care for young patients with disabilities or other special needs.

Local Care You Can Count On

When it comes time to commit to a pediatric dental clinic, you want to get it right the first time.

That’s why, here at the office of Setzer, Cochran, Soares, and Hubbard, our board-certified specialists focus on your family’s comfort while attending to the wellbeing of their smiles. From pediatric orthodontics to routine dental cleanings, check-ups, and more, our award-winning team is ready and equipped to optimize your little one’s dental health.

So, are you ready to get started with local care you can trust?

Simply contact our office today to request your family’s individualized consultation! We look forward to helping your child achieve a smile that is both happy and healthy for years to come.