Wondering what are my options for finding a pediatric dentist where I live?
Finding a new dentist can be difficult; finding a dentist who specializes in a particular kind of dentistry can be even more so. That said, the Internet is a great resource for finding a pediatric dentist in your hometown. One simple way of finding a doctor who can care for your child is by going to Google, Bing, or another search engine and typing in the words “pediatric dentist,” plus the name of your city or town. Often, that will bring up very helpful links that will make the task much easier. But that’s not the only way. On the main page for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you’ll find a link to a special search page that can also help you.
Finding a pediatric dentist for your child is important, because only a doctor who has specialized in pediatric care can help children who are just getting their first teeth. A family dentist may be able to help older children, in addition to adults, but only a pediatric dentist has gone on to complete the two or three more years of extra training required to specialize in the needs of infants, children, and adolescents.
Most children will have their first tooth by the time they’re one year old. When that happens, it’s time to schedule an appointment. During their first visit, our pediatric dentist will examine your child’s smile to make sure that everything is developing as it should with nothing to be concerned about. Follow-up appointments may be needed as often as every four months, although every child has different needs. Regardless of how often your child needs to come in, we’ll work hard to guide the development of her smile and prevent common oral health conditions like tooth decay.
During your child’s first few appointments, our doctor can also talk to you about a variety of other topics. We can show you how to brush her new teeth, in addition to offering tips on nutrition and on both thumb sucking and teeth grinding. Creating a healthy environment for developing teeth is important.
But maybe it’s not quite time for your child’s first visit. If that’s the case, you can easily care for your little one’s smile with just a piece of gauze or a soft washcloth. Gently scrub your child’s gums to keep them clean and healthy. Before teeth begin to emerge, gum disease isn’t something you have to worry about. Once teeth have developed, though, your child’s daily oral care routine will need to change.
Let us talk to you about your child’s smile and how to care for it. Call Kidtastic today with your questions or to reserve an appointment for your little one. We have offices located in Mesa, Gilbert and Queen Creek to make coming in for care convenient. Our team has years of experience and is dedicated to helping children of all ages develop healthy teeth, as well as healthy brushing habits that will last into their teenage years and from there into adulthood. We look forward to hearing from you.