What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. (www.aapd.org)
When should I take my child to the dentist for their first dental exam?
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. (www.aapd.org)
How often should my child see the dentist?
A check-up every six months is recommended in order prevent cavities and other dental problems. However, your pediatric dentist can tell you when and how often your child should visit based on their personal oral health. (www.aapd.org)
What can you do to help my child be comfortable during his/her dental visits?
Our goal is always to provide excellent dental care in the most enthusiastic and gentle manner so that you child has a positive experience. Our staff has special training and uses techniques in helping children feel comfortable during dental treatment. We present dental treatment based on the age of the patient. For dental treatment we provide topical and local anesthetics, nitrous oxide, in-office IV sedation with an anesthesiologist (conscious sedation), or general anesthesia (Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital or Florida Hospital). Our pediatric dentists will recommend the best way to attend to your child depending on their needs. (Windermere Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics)