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Pediatric Dentistry

Kind and Caring Pediatric Dentistry Performed by Experienced Pediatric Dentists

Pediatric dentistry requires a special mix of expertise. Pediatric dentists need to provide high quality dental care, while accommodating the special needs of their young patients.

Skilled Pediatric Dentists

At Vancouver Dental Group, we have pediatric dentists who are particularly skilled at treating children while minimizing anxiety and maximizing cooperation.

We take a thorough medical and dental history of each child and conduct a comprehensive initial examination. Parents are provided with a complete treatment plan and cost breakdown before we proceed with any treatment.

We also provide parents and children with oral health tips, such as proper brushing and flossing methods, to help minimize the need for future treatment.

 Specialized Training

Our Kitsilano pediatric dentists have completed the standard four years of dental school along with another two years of special training in dentistry for infants, children and teenagers. As well, another year of study must be completed in order for the dentist to be qualified to treat special needs children.

An important area of study for pediatric dentists is child psychology. It goes without saying that nobody enjoys going to the dentist, and a visit to the dental chair can be especially frightening and traumatic for a child. Therefore, the dentist must be skilled in how to create an environment that will be comfortable for children. This includes some of the following:

  • Making the office a ‘fun’ place to be
  • Using appropriate language vs. threatening language such as needle, drill, etc.
  • Having a staff that fully understands the needs of children
  • Associating the dentist with a positive healthy place to be by using tools and examples that are fun and interactive, thus making dental health something a child enjoys

Our Kitsilano pediatric dentists not only adhere to the above, but we go way beyond that to ensure your child is in the best possible hands.

Why Does My Child Need a Pediatric Dentist?

Throughout their growing years, children require specialized care of their teeth, gums and mouth starting at about six months of age. A child’s first tooth will usually appear at some point before their first birthday. This means that a child should have their first visit with a dentist during their first year.

This will give the dentist a chance to access the child’s oral health, and to provide the parents with a comprehensive program of at home oral care and maintenance.

Most children will begin losing their baby teeth around six or seven years of age, and this is a critical time for a pediatric dentist to pay special attention to help prevent decay and disease that could affect the child throughout their life.

What is the Cost of  a Pediatric Dentist in Kitsilano?

Cost depends on the type of treatment and frequency of visits. Most dental benefits plans will cover a good portion of the fees for standard dental visits. Check with your insurance provider, and always have the dentist submit a ‘predetermination’ to your provider prior to any major treatments. This way you’ll know what’s covered and what’s not before you decide to go ahead with treatment.

What Things Will a Pediatric Dentist Do For My Child?

As stated, one of the most important aspects of the work of a pediatric dentist is prevention. Infants through adolescents are in a constant state of growth and change. It’s vitally important that their oral health is monitored regularly so as to prevent ongoing problems in adulthood.

Some of the things a pediatric dentist may perform including the following:

Monitoring Growth of Baby Teeth

How baby teeth come in is an important indicator of how the adult teeth will come in later. As well, baby teeth are an important factor in the development of proper eating and chewing habits and speech.

 Early Intervention

Often, dental problems that occur early in the child’s life can be addressed by a pediatric dentist before they become worse. This in turn will help to prevent issues in the child’s future and the need for corrective treatment later on in life.

In some cases, the use of spacers and mouth guards can successfully treat bite issues and grinding.

Counselling

As infants get older, bad habits such as over use of pacifiers, thumb sucking etc. can become evident. A pediatric dentist will counsel parents in ways to slowly wean the child of the bad habit.

Diagnose Health Issues

Many conditions and diseases can be detected through the state of oral health. In children, oral health issues are often indicators of things such as diabetes, heart issues, asthma and allergies. If the dentist notices indicators of such conditions, the child can receive early treatment by a doctor.

General Dental Checkups and Treatments

As with the other things a pediatric dentist provides, standard care is an important part of a child’s growth and development. Treating cavities and gum issues, and regular cleanings are important not just from an oral health stand point, but also because regular visits to the dentist will help the child form a bond of trust which will help prevent ‘fear of the dentist’ for the child’s lifetime.

How Do I Find a Good Pediatric Dentist in Kitsilano?

There are many ways to find a good pediatric dentist in Kitsilano. Asking friends and family is always a good place to start. If you have a friend or family member whose child has had a positive experience with their pediatric dentist, it’s worth considering that dentist for your child. Additionally, your child’s pediatrician can recommend a pediatric dentist.

Important things to consider when searching for a pediatric dentist should include the following:

  • Reputation – as noted, friends, family, and your child’s pediatrician can provide good insight into any pediatric dentist you’re considering
  • Experience – look for a pediatric dentist who has several years of experienced, and recent training in the latest techniques
  • Location – it’s always a good idea to have your child’s health practitioners in close proximity to your home

Once you’ve found a pediatric dentist that meets the above criteria, the next step should be to call the pediatric dentist’s office and chat with the staff. Staff should be friendly and warm.

An informal visit to the office is also a good idea, and bring your child with you. Look around the office – is it a friendly and inviting place? Is the office decorated in a child-friendly theme? Do the staff treat your child like they are important? If so, you may be in the right place!

Pediatric dental care is an important part of a child’s growth and development. Many conditions can be diagnosed and corrected at an early age, which in turn will lead to better oral health in adulthood.

A visit to the dental chair can be a scary experience for all of us no matter our age. Thankfully, pediatric dentists are specially trained in how to treat your child in a safe, friendly and fun environment.

If your child needs dental care, book an appointment with our pediatric dentist today.

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