When it comes to choosing a dentist for your little ones, you have a lot of options in the Salt Lake County, UT area. And one of the things you’ll have to consider is whether you want to see a family dentist or a pediatric dentist.
Both types of dentists see younger patients, but when you choose a pediatric dentist like Dr. Rooklidge, your child is seeing someone who went through additional training to care for little teeth.
At Dentistry for Children, we’re proud to offer specialized care in a kid-friendly environment. The pediatric specialists we have on staff understand the developmental and psychological needs of children. And we even go the extra mile to make the visit fun for your child, with playhouses and video games in the reception area and TVs in every care room! Everything at each of our three locations is geared toward creating a positive experience at the dentist’s office for kids from 1 to 18 years old.
Read on for some of the benefits of trusting a pediatric dentist with your child’s dental care. Then, come experience the high-quality care our three locations have to offer! Call the office nearest you to learn more.
Great Dental Care Earlier In Life
The American Dental Association recommends that parents bring their child to the dentist for the first time by their first birthday. But it can be hard to find a family dentist who sees children who are that young. Many prefer to wait until a child is two or three years old.
But at Dentistry for Children, we start seeing kids as young as 1 year old. We also understand that your child’s first visit to the dentist can shape their attitudes toward routine checkups and dental procedures for years to come. That’s why we take great care to ensure that the initial “happy visit” is just that.
We take our time during these appointments. The goal of the “happy visit” is to simply acquaint the child with the office and our staff. If the child seems comfortable and willing, we’ll proceed with a checkup and cleaning.
State-Of-The-Art Technology To Increase Your Child’s Comfort
Going to the dentist can be stressful for adults, so you can imagine how scary it can be for a young child. To ensure that your child is as comfortable as possible, we’ve invested in state-of-the-art technology that allows us to provide treatment that’s more precise and more gentle than traditional methods.
Of course, we try to prevent cavities when possible. But we know that more than 40 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 11 get cavities in their baby teeth. At Dentistry for Children, we’re able to quickly and painlessly fill cavities using our Solea CO2 dental laser. This technology removes enamel affected by tooth decay while it numbs the tooth, minimizing chair time!
Highly Skilled And Compassionate Staff
To be a pediatric dentist, you have to complete two additional years of schooling. Those extra years of instruction are focused on the unique dental needs of children from infancy through adolescence. This includes children with special needs. Pediatric dentists play an important role in educating children about the importance of dental hygiene. They also work with parents faced with important decisions about their child’s dental care.
At Dentistry for Children, we’ve built up a team that’s passionate about caring for kids and is great at communicating with them. Many of our dentists, hygienists, and administrative team members are parents themselves!
Plus, our dentists strive to continually get better at what they do through continuing education and professional organizations. Dr. Rooklidge is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Utah Dental Association!
A Kid-Friendly Environment
Think of the dentist’s office you’d want to take your kids to. You’d probably want a place with bright colors or even murals on the walls, a place where your child could play before their appointment, and special touches like fun toothbrushes. Well, if that’s what you’re looking for, come pay us a visit!
We wanted to create a practice where caring for your teeth can actually be fun. All of our offices have playhouses for the kids. Then, when it’s time for them to go back for their appointment, we have videos playing on the ceiling above the dental chairs.
We even have a prize machine and a cavity of the month club so we can recognize kids who are working toward a healthy smile.
If you’re looking for specialized dental care for your little one, why not trust the experts? Call us at any of our three locations to schedule an appointment, or fill out our online form.