The Importance of Finding a Kid-Friendly Dentist

As a parent, making sure your child's oral health is in good shape is always at the top of your priority list. However, bringing your child to the dentist can be a stressful experience – especially if they have anxiety or fear associated with dental visits. This is why finding a kid-friendly dentist is so very important. At Pier 210 Dental, we know it’s essential to choose a dentist who is familiar with treating children, otherwise known as a pediatric dentist. Though we don’t cater only to kids at Pier 210 Dental, we know all of the tools to make sure they (and every other member of the family) have the best experience possible when going to the dentist! 


A Pediatric Dentist Has Unique Training

A pediatric dentist receives additional training beyond the typical dental degree, to make sure they have the skills and knowledge necessary for treating children's unique dental needs. They may also belong to the Pediatric Dentist Association and have a deeper understanding of childhood development and behavior. This enables them to approach dental procedures with empathy and patience. By practicing these traits and teaching them to our staff, we optimize your child's comfort throughout the visit. When you choose a family dental group or pediatric dentist, you're not just choosing a professional, but also a partner in helping your child maintain optimal oral health.


Kid-Friendly Atmosphere

A pediatric dentist, or family dental group like Pier 210 Dental, dedicates themselves to creating a family-friendly, welcoming environment. From comfortable, kid-friendly examination rooms to toys and books in the waiting area, these spaces are designed to help your child feel safe and comfortable. Even in the case of a pediatric dentist emergency our office strives to keep children calm and use kid-friendly language to explain procedures to children, which can reduce their anxiety in the dental chair.


Preventative Care Focus

Kids’ dentists, just like those of adults, focus on preventative care, including oral hygiene education, dental cleanings, and cavity prevention. At Pier 210 Dental, we prioritize good dental habits and work to instill these habits in children early on, setting the foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. But it can’t just be on us! When you teach your child proper dental care at home, they are more likely to develop good oral hygiene habits and avoid serious dental issues in the future.


Treatment Tailored to Little Ones

A family or pediatric dentist office will have specialized treatments and equipment to tailor services to your child’s dental needs. Because children's dental needs differ somewhat from adults’, family dentists know how to provide specific treatments, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants, that help prevent tooth decay. Additionally, family-friendly dentists often have child-sized equipment available, meaning procedures are less intimidating for kids and more comfortable to undergo.


Finding a “Kid’s Dentist Near Me” - The Best Tips for Parents

When searching for a “kids’ dentist near me,” ask for referrals from other parents, your former dentist, or your pediatrician. You can also look for a list of family-friendly dentists in your area online. Once you've found a few dentists, be sure to ask about their experience and training with children, their approach to exams and procedures, and what steps they take to make the experience more enjoyable for kids. Visiting the dental office before the appointment can also help your child feel more comfortable with the dentist and the space. 

Finding a kid-friendly dentist is essential for ensuring your child's dental health and reducing their current and future anxiety about dental visits. By seeking out a family dentist like Pier 210 who has training, a kid-friendly atmosphere, and a preventative care focus, you can set your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!

If you’d like to tour our office here at Pier 210 Dental, just give us a call at (530) 885-5696!

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