Why your child should see a pediatric dentist like Dr. Laura Adelman in Twinsburg, Ohio.

5 Benefits Pediatric Dentists Offer Your Child

The first part of the answer to why your child should see a pediatric dentist is simple: children’s teeth are still developing. As a result, their dental needs are very different from adults’ needs. A pediatric dentist has several more years of training beyond dental school to address these unique needs of infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents. They can also help families save money, too. How? In the following 5 ways:

1. Pediatric dentists can catch problems early. 

This can save the child unnecessary discomfort.  It can save parents expensive dental bills to correct problems later, too! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children be seen by a dentist when the first tooth erupts or at the first birthday, whichever milestone occurs first.

By seeing children as early as the first tooth or age one, pediatric dentists can help children and families

  • Monitor how a child’s teeth and jaws are developing in order to catch problems early.
  • Offerguidance with childhood oral behaviors, such as thumb-sucking and pacifier use.
  • Help parents establish no-tear routines for good oral health at home.
  • Educate families on nutrition for the best oral health.
  • Focus on cavity prevention in order to avoid painful, costly problems in the future.
  • Offer tips to avoid dental injuries.
  • Treat oral injuries when they happen.
  • Provide the most up-to-date information in children’s oral health.

2. Pediatric dentists help keep the fear out of visiting the dentist.

Dentists wishing to specialize in the treatment of children must receive additional education in childhood development and psychology. As a result, pediatric dentists are focused on the emotional well-being of your child, just as much as they are focused on their oral health!

They understand the need to reduce anxiety surrounding dental visits. This means pediatric dental practices focus on providing the following:

  • Child-friendly office design makes the dentist a fun, welcoming place. Bright, fun décor makes children feel welcome, and a child-height counter helps children feel included in the process!
  • Child-friendly terminology makes procedures less frightening to children. A child might get frightened by a nitrous oxide mask, but a “happy nose” is much less threatening!
  • Child-friendly staff know to be gentle and patient with kids. Every part of the experience needs to be pleasant, not just the time with the dentist!
  • Child-friendly activities in the waiting room keep fear away. Waiting doesn’t have to be a time for anxiety to build; kids can stay happy playing touchscreen computer games or stacking blocks or reading a book with a parent!
  • Child-friendly treatment chairs keep kids distracted. Movie screens above each chair can greatly reduce the fear associated with cleanings and other dental treatments and make the time zip by for kids.

Finally, children who come to the dentist before they experience problems are less likely to develop fear of dental visits. Thus, they are more likely to continue good dental care throughout their lives!

3. Pediatric dentists offer a prevention-based approach to dentistry.

They consider themselves teachers in addition to dentists. They want to help children and their families develop good habits to last a lifetime! According to the AAPD, tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease–and that it’s largely preventable! That’s why pediatric dentists offer

  • Regular fluoride treatments
  • Sealants
  • Brushing and flossing education
  • Nutrition education
  • High fluoride toothpastes

Prevention, of course, keeps pain away for children. It also keeps dental expenses down for caregivers.

4. Pediatric dentists offer less-invasive treatment options.

Even with the best oral health habits, problems can still occur. Since children still have primary (baby) teeth, different treatment options need to be considered.

  • Silver Diamine Fluoride (S.D.F.): This exciting treatment for cavities means no drill at all! By brushing S.D.F. on tooth decay, the decay is halted! From the child’s perspective, it’s a simple, painless treatment. From the parent’s perspective, it typically costs less–even when not covered by insurance–than a traditional filling.

5. Pediatric dentists can treat more serious dental problems for children in-house, saving you time and money.

As specialists themselves, they can treat children in the comfort of a familiar building with familiar faces. The costs of staying in-house are usually significantly less than visiting a second specialist, too.  Examples of more intensive treatments they can perform in their offices include

  • Tooth Extraction: Pediatric dentists recognize the important role primary (baby) teeth play in helping permanent teeth develop and erupt healthily, so pulling a tooth is only performed when absolutely necessary.
  • Fillings: pediatric dentists can use a traditional drill–or now some have the ability to use a more painless option of a laser in place of the drill–to remove the tooth decay and place a filling.
  • Pulp Therapy: Severe decay or tooth trauma can cause painful pulp exposure; pediatric dentists can treat such conditions.
  • Space Maintainers: If a baby tooth is lost too prematurely due to trauma or decay, pediatric dentists can provide the necessary treatment to help the permanent tooth erupt in the proper place.

Children are not just small adults. They have unique needs for their oral health. That’s why your child should see a pediatric dentist, rather than just a general dentist. Seeing a pediatric dentist can help children learn to enjoy dental visits.  Regular check ups also help children develop good habits that prevent dental problems from happening in the first place. All of this is good for the child, and good for the parent’s checkbook!

Dr. Laura, Dr. Rachel, and Team would love to be your child’s pediatric dentistry team! We are accepting new patients under the age of 12! Children with special needs are always welcome!

Are you asking, “Is there a pediatric dentist near me?” Yes! Call Great Beginnings Pediatric Dentistry today at (330) 425-1885 to schedule a visit and to see what a difference a pediatric dentist can make for your child!

*This blog is not intended to serve as medical advice.  Please call your doctor or dentist for advice specific for your child.*

13 replies
  1. Kylie Dotts
    Kylie Dotts says:

    I like how you said that less invasive options are available for dentists who treat little children. We have a son who is absolutely terrified of the idea of visiting a dentist. He cries and cries and it just makes everything really hard. It would be nice to have a dentist who knows how to work with kids and put them at ease.

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    • GBPDadmin
      GBPDadmin says:

      Hi Kylie! We really do try everything we can to help little ones enjoy their trip to the dentist! When kids cry, we understand. We read it as a signal to slow down and figure out what’s still triggering the response. Thanks for your comment. I wish we were close enough to care for your son.

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  2. Oscar O'Malley
    Oscar O'Malley says:

    I had no idea that tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease. I’m glad pediatric dentists work to prevent and inform. My son now has a full set of baby teeth, so my wife and I have been thinking about taking him to a pediatric dentist. Seeing all of the benefits they can provide is reason enough to take my son! I’ll be sure to schedule an appointment soon.

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  3. Taylor Bishop
    Taylor Bishop says:

    Thanks for explaining why it could be good to see a pediatric dentist for a child. It’s nice to know that they should have a child-friendly office that can help a child feel welcome. I’m interested to learn if the office would also offer toys or something to help a child feel better at the dental office.

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  4. Rosie Beckett
    Rosie Beckett says:

    You make a great point that children have unique needs for their teeth and oral health. I am pregnant with my first child right now, so finding a pediatric dentist ahead of time would definitely give me peace of mind. I like that you say a pediatric dentist is child-friendly and understands how to teach children to develop good dental habits for their life. I will keep this in mind as I look for a pediatric dentist to take my daughter to after she is born.

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  5. Sariah Meagle
    Sariah Meagle says:

    Catching problems early as you pointed out is really a great priority that I can finally take my hands off from once I find a good kid dentist for my son. Since they can help keep the fear out of visiting the dentist as you mentioned, I might be able to see him grow up to even want to become a dentist someday. If they can offer less-invasive options as you pointed out, I might consider getting that dentist for my son so that they can help him become healthy.

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  6. Dave Anderson
    Dave Anderson says:

    That is interesting that a pediatric dentist knows how important tooth extraction may be. That is something I would want for my son. That way, his teeth would be able to grow in better.

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  7. Dave Anderson
    Dave Anderson says:

    That is nice that pediatric dentists keep fear from visiting the dentist. Maybe it would be a good idea to go to a children’s dentist. That is something that I would want to keep my child from fearing the dentist.

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  8. Dave Anderson
    Dave Anderson says:

    That would be nice to have prevention bad dentistry done for my son. Maybe it would be good to go to a pediatric dentist. That is something I will have to look into soon.

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  9. Dean Phillips
    Dean Phillips says:

    You made a great point when you said that children should be seen by a dentist when their first tooth erupts or on their first birthday. My family and I just moved to a new city, and my son has been complaining about pain around his back teeth. It might be time for us to find a family dentist who can take care of my whole family.

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  10. Angela Waterford
    Angela Waterford says:

    It’s true that pediatric dentists can detect problems early which is something that my daughter will surely like. I think I’ll take her to a pediatric dentist that she will not fear. If they can offer a prevention-based approach using their services, she’ll understand why I want her to go to one.

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  11. Rachel Frampton
    Rachel Frampton says:

    I’ve been contemplating whether I should bring my son Enzo to the pediatric dentist or not because he is scared too scared to visit one. Thank God I’ve stumbled upon this article, I never knew that there is a playroom where Enzo can play computer games. I hope that I can find the perfect pediatric dentist who can provide the best service for my child.

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  12. Jay Jorgenson
    Jay Jorgenson says:

    My nephew says he has a toothache. I like how you mention that a pediatric dentist can detect problems like cavities before it gets worse. Thank you for the information. I’ll recommend my sister to take my nephew to the dentist to see what he has.

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