Kids Dental Health by Dr. Rob Mansman, Pediatric Dentist
True or False: Children should see a pediatric dentist by the age of 1.
True; Children should see a pediatric dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting or by the age of one. Early dental education and preventative treatment can help children and parents maintain a healthy smile for the rest of their life.
Pediatric dentists are also trained to detect overall health issues such as acid reflux, diabetes, and many more. Early detection of these diseases can help you manage health problems early, preventing complications as your child grows. Proper dental hygiene can also reduce the amount of bacteria present reducing the strain on the body’s immune system.
True or False: There is no difference between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist.
False; A pediatric dentist completes a residency of two to three years after becoming a general dentist. Like a pediatrician, pediatric dentists learn about the needs of children, including behavior. Children have shorter attention spans and may be more apprehensive to receive treatment. By using behavior management techniques, the pediatric dentist can accomplish the treatment needed. Pediatric dentists also study how to work with patients that are physically or mentally compromised.
Here are some helpful hints to a successful dental visit with your child. Prior to the child’s dental visit, do not mention things like needles, shots, or drills to the child. If they ask questions use friendly terms like brushing or cleaning teeth. Building the confidence in the doctor and the hygienist will help your child trust them and build a relationship for a lifetime of smiles.
Dr. Mansman is the owner of the Pediatric Dental Center of Frederick. Contact our office at 301-668-2662