When the time comes to schedule your child's first dental exam, there's a decision to be made in the type of practitioner you choose. While many parents may consider taking their child to a general practitioner, Spring & Sprout recognizes that there are many advantages to choosing a pediatric specialist for your child's dental care including those relating to education, equipment, and focus.
- Education. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. Our pediatric dentists have two to three years of specialty training after dental school to prepare them to meet the unique needs of your little ones. This training empowers our pediatric dentists to address the distinct complexities of developing teeth and treat any potential issues as they emerge. Most importantly, our pediatric specialists are specially trained to care for frightened children or those with special developmental needs in ways which help minimize discomfort and put your child at ease. Just as pediatricians are trained to meet a child's medical needs, our pediatric dentists are uniquely qualified to care for your child's oral health!
- Equipment. While there are no inherent issues to using standard-sized dental equipment, pediatric dental offices use smaller equipment specifically designed with children in mind. Child-friendly equipment can help ease your little one's anxiety while receiving dental care by minimizing discomfort often experienced by disproportionate equipment.
- Focus. Like general practitioners, pediatric dentists are trained to identify early indicators of dental disease, however, our specialists are specially trained to advise parents and patients on preventative care. To this end, our pediatric dentists offer a wide arrange of treatment plans which are tailored to preventing (and correcting) emerging dental issues.
The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent cavities and dental disease, which can lead to pain and other medical issues. Unfortunately, the majority of general dentists do not want to examine your child until they are at least 3 years old (at which point many children have already been exposed to dental disease). That's why we're here! Our pediatric dental offices are dedicated to providing your family with the best service possible through personalized, intentional care. While we recognize each family comes to us with a set of unique needs, our specialists look forward to helping your child smile from birth to braces!