Many people mistakenly think that all dentists are the same and that if their little one needed to go to the dentist, then they could just take them to their regular dentist. That could not be further from the truth! If you have a child, then your best bet would be to take them to a pediatric dentist. The reality is, not all dentists are the same, and pediatric dentists have more training and skill to help them address your child’s dental concerns. We here at Mark A. Coussens, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry love children and want to help both you and your child feel at ease when they come in for a dental appointment at our office!
Why You Need to Take Your Child to a Pediatric Dentist
Becoming a dentist requires several years of advanced training to successfully graduate and start practicing, but we pediatric dentists take it one step further. We undergo an extra two to three years of specialized training, making us unmatched experts in the field of dentistry for your children. When you take your child to our office, you are not only introducing them to their very first dentist; you are helping establish a lasting relationship with us throughout their childhood and adolescence.
A child’s mouth is different from an adult’s mouth in many ways, and as pediatric dentists, we instinctively understand that. We can address their concerns in a manner that they would understand, keeping them calm and comfortable throughout their entire appointment. We also make sure our equipment is scaled down to fit smaller mouths, helping keep your child feel safe and unafraid while they are in our care.
How We Take The Fear Away
Many adults are terrified of going to the dentist, so you can only imagine how your child must feel! That is why we are careful to explain every step of the process before we begin in a way that your child will understand. Just like we want our adult patients to ask many questions, we love it when your little one has questions for us, and we are always happy to answer them!
We also like making our office fun and inviting place for your child, which is why we decorate it according to your child’s tastes. Of course, we are a clean and sanitary environment, but that does not mean we have to shy away from fun colors and a bright, cheerful setting.
Before your child’s first appointment, it is important to explain to them what to expect, so there are no unwanted surprises during their exam. To help avoid any discomfort to your child, it is also important to teach them good oral hygiene to help prevent tooth decay, cavities, or gum disease. We will not only help take care of a child’s teeth, but we will also work with you and them to help them learn good brushing and flossing habits for life.
If you have a child and are interested in scheduling an appointment at our office for their first dental exam, please give us here at Mark A. Coussens, DMD Family & Cosmetic Dentistry a call today at (503) 567-4121 for more information or to set up an exam with our kind and gentle dental team!