What Does a Dentist Who Treats Children Actually Do?
Dentists who work with children rarely have to worry about crowns and bridges and fillings, for example but it's a lot more than just fluoride scrubs and free floss.
As a dentist who treats children, Dr. Johnson...
- Helps to delay and hinder tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other forms of oral disease that can affect a child.
- Follows the growth of baby teeth, tracking them through adolescence when they are lost and replaced with adult teeth.
- Educates the child about the importance of good oral hygiene and the exact techniques the child should use to take care of their mouth at home.
- Educates the parent about tooth-healthy dietary practices, as well as about what to expect next in the child's oral development.
- In the case of a serious accident, a dentist that is also skilled in restorative practice can help to rebuild your child's mouth and ensure that they will be able to eat, talk, and smile normally.
- Addresses a variety of child-specific oral issues such as thumb-sucking or pacifier use.
Most importantly, in order to treat children a good dentist has to be able to "connect" with the child on a personal level. Dr. Johnson's "bedside manner" when it comes to kids is second nature. He has two little ones of his own! (see inset picture)
Dr. Johnson understands his responsibility to effectively communicate with his young clients and works hard to do so in an effective and appropriate manner.
Dozens of scientific studies have proven that a child's oral health is linked to their social relationships, school performance, self esteem, confidence, and even their long-term cardiovascular health. That's why dentists who see children take their jobs very seriously in the long run, it's about a lot more than cavities and plaque.
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Dr. Johnson is always available to speak with you about your child's dental health.