A general or family dentist provides dental services for every age group. A pediatric dentist on the other hand, devotes his practice solely to the treatment of children. Some fresh from dental school graduates decide to go on to specialize in the field of pediatric dentistry because they have developed a particular interest in the studies that relate specifically to the dental care of children.
The earlier your child gets started on the path to good oral health habits, the better his odds will be in the battle against childhood dental issues. Education and prevention are key weapons in the campaign against tooth decay among school age children and pediatric dentists are leaders in the fight.
A pediatric dentist can make an early assessment as to whether your child will be one of a group of those at high risk for cavities. If this turns out to be the case there are measures that can be taken to reduce that risk. Sealants can be applied to the back molars as soon as they erupt to provide a protective shield against bacteria. Fluoride treatments are especially beneficial when used in correlation with an appropriate toothpaste, mouthwash and drinking water supply.
So how do parents go about finding a pediatric dentist? Word of mouth is a great source especially if recommendations come from relatives or close friends who know your family well. If that’s not an option ask coworkers who you know to be parents as well. The internet is another good outlet. Most pediatric dentists have websites that provide reviews from other parents who have put their trust in the practice and have enjoyed successful results.
Consider the convenience factor. It’s by no means the most important reason for choosing a dentist for your child but finding a pediatric dentist who meets all of your needs and whose office is in reasonably close proximity to home or school could be a definite bonus.
Dentist 4 Kidz is conveniently located on S. Potomac Way in Aurora. Find detailed directions on the website, www.dentist4kidz.net, or call the office @ 303-367-1502.