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A visit to the dentist can be a scary thing for children. The odors,
the tools, the sounds, and the big person with the mask can all upset a child.
When choosing a dentist for your child and preparing him or her for a visit,
think about the following to make the visit as pleasant as possible.
Pediatric dentists specialize in the care of infants', children's,
and teenagers' teeth. They have 2 to 3 years more training to meet the special
needs of these age groups. They have special training in making children feel
at ease and may have offices designed for children. Whether or not you use a
pediatric dentist for your child, asking the following questions can help you
pick the right dentist:
The dentist's "chairside manner" is also important:
When your child is old enough to understand a visit to the dentist
and have worries or fears, it may be helpful to prepare him or her to limit or
overcome any anxiety. This first visit can set the tone for all future visits.
Here are some things you can do:
Current as of:
January 7, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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