Do your kids really need to see their own dentist? After all, unless there’s a problem, all teeth are the same, right? It’s so much more convenient to bring everyone to the same family dentist than to take your kids to a children’s dentist in Sandy, UT.
Well, it may be more convenient to bring the whole family to the same dentist. But is that the priority when it comes to your children’s oral health?
Just as you wouldn’t go to a pediatric dentist for dentures, we hope you wouldn’t bring your kids to a dental office that isn’t child-focused. At Dentistry for Children, we live by our name. Our practice provides dentistry to children, but it’s also designed just for them.
Read on to see what sets a pediatric dentist apart from the rest.
Create Fear Or Build Confidence At A Children’s Dentist
Fear of the dentist can start early and sometimes lasts forever. Your child needs to have good experiences with a children’s dentist to make sure they never experience any lasting fear. Our goal is to give them happy feelings about going to the dentist.
This will help them feel comfortable and safe as kids. And it will set them up to prioritize continued visits to the dentist as adults.
▶ See, a lot of people are afraid of the dentist. Not just kids. In fact, some estimates say that 9% to 15% of people actually avoid the dentist out of anxiety and fear.
▶ The British Health Foundation conducted a survey of folks who don’t see a dentist regularly, and a whopping 36% said fear was their main reason.
▶ Many people have bad memories of visiting the dentist as a kid, or at least a bad feeling when they think about childhood visits. Children form positive or negative associations very quickly. And those associations stick with a lot of us for the rest of our lives.
We don’t think it’s a coincidence that around 30 million adults avoid the dentist out of fear since nearly 20% of children today are afraid of the dentist.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has stated that the tone of a dental appointment is set by the dentist, not the family. That’s a pretty serious responsibility, and we don’t take it lightly.
Prevent Fear By Creating A Trusting Relationship
The AAPD says relationships, not generic calming techniques, lead to a positive experience for children. That’s why we specialize in children’s dentistry. Our staff is able to focus completely on building trust with your child.
Studies show that children’s fear of the dentist is often attributed to a bad experience. And even more often it’s the environment of the office and how the kids perceive it. Our office is decorated in a way to make kids feel welcome and safe.
We have playhouses, video games, and TVs with popular kids movies mounted in each exam room. When your kid is entertained and distracted, they aren’t stressed and afraid. They might have such a good time that they’ll ask to come back!
Trust A Children’s Dentist To Treat Childhood Tooth Decay
At Dentistry For Children, we find and treat early signs of tooth decay. We teach kids – and parents – about proper dental hygiene and nutrition.
▶ Tooth decay is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever.
▶ Children with tooth pain from decay focus less at school. This causes their performance to suffer.
Tooth decay doesn’t just affect young children. Teenagers care a great deal about self-image. They’re acutely aware of the importance of a beautiful smile and good breath. And they know the social risks of crooked, decaying teeth and bad breath.
Give Your Child The Care They Deserve
Your children are special. They deserve the best care possible. Our dentists are specialists. It’s a perfect match!
We have extensive training and experience with child-specific issues:
▶ Tooth development – We can recognize if teeth are not coming in correctly and offer a treatment plan to correct them.
▶ Preventive orthodontics – We like to prevent the need for braces altogether!
▶ Cosmetic dentistry – your child deserves to feel good and look good!
Take your kids to an office designed with them in mind. We aren’t just kid friendly. We’re kid centered. Call Dentistry For Children in Sandy, UT at 801-871-3008 or use our convenient contact form to schedule an appointment at any of our locations.