What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the Pediatricians of Dentistry. We graduate from dental school, like family dentists, then undergo several additional years of hospital and/ or university specialty training to learn the best treatments for children’s dental problems. Pediatric dentists limit their practice to treating children only and focus on making each child’s dental experience positive.
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
We provide many dental treatments to children, ranging from routine dental care – such as cleanings – to x-ray examinations and working to determine if a child’s jaw and teeth are developing properly. We emphasis preventative dental care. Early intervention and proper dental practices can make a child much less likely to develop dental problems as they progress into adolescence and then adulthood.
Our office spends lots of time with your child, teaching them how to properly care for their teeth and gums. This dental education – at an early age – can stay with your child for a lifetime and help to establish regular, healthy dental habits such as brushing, flossing and regular dental checks.
Pediatric Dentists Comfort Children
You know that some adults have an expanded fear of seeing the dentist. Some children experience that same dread. A dental office can be a scary place for a child, with all of the specialized dental equipment, and the sights, sounds and smells of those machines. We’ve worked hard to remove those barriers from our office.
Dr. McPherson knows how to work with a frightened child, comforting them and relaxing them before proceeding with an exam or treatment. Our staff will set your child at ease, explain everything that is going on, and create an atmosphere of exploration.
A positive dental experience – especially for a young child – is likely to result in the child growing into an adult who is comfortable with routine dental care and who regularly gets dental checkups. Establishing a good relationship with their own dental needs, means your child is going to have less dental problems as they age, avoiding many of the dental pitfalls of their peers.