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Choosing The Best Pediatric Dentist for Your Kid

Friday, September 7th, 2012

A pediatric dentist is a dentist who is educated and trained to work with children and their dental needs. All dentists receive the basic dentistry education and training, but then others go on to study to specialize in certain areas of dentistry. One such area of specialization is pediatric dentistry. These dentists are best qualified to provide your child with the dental care that they need. Many parents wrongly believe that their kids only have to start having dental checkups once they have lost their milk teeth and grown their permanent ones. In fact, children should see a dentist even when they have developed their milk teeth. This is because oral hygiene is very important no matter at what stage they are in their dental development.

The first step to finding a good pediatric dentist is to get in touch with your local dental association. They will be able to provide you with a list of pediatric dentists in your area. It is good to find one in your area because this makes trips to the dentist more convenient and less stressful. This way you will have no excuse to keep putting off checkups for your child. Taking your child to a pediatric dentist is the best way that you can begin preventing future dental and oral problems for your child. If you have health insurance you can find out if they cover your child’s pediatric dentistry. Some insurance companies will require you to visit certain dentists. Others may not cover your Child’s pediatric needs at all and you will have to pay out-of-pocket. If you are planning to get health insurance you should ensure that you select one that will allow you to select a pediatric
dentist as a primary caregiver to ensure that you get coverage.

But pediatric dentists usually cost the same as general dentists. Either way, it will be money well spent as the dentist will be able to prevent future dental and oral health problems for your child, which could end up costing you a fortune later. Before you take your child to the dentist you may want to consider visiting the practice first. This will allow you to gauge the professionalism of the dentist and his/her staff. It will tell you whether the practice has a friendly and happy atmosphere. See if there are children’s toys and books supplied in the waiting room to help make it an enjoyable experience for the children. You may also want to find out for how many years the dentist has been practicing. Some of the services that are provided by Pediatric Dentists include the following.

– Regular oral health exams
– Preventative dental care such as brushing, diet and nutrition advice
– Regular fluoride treatments and cleaning
– Placing sealants to prevent cavities
– They will also be able to advise you on how to resolve issues as thumb-sucking and dummy use.
– If needed they will be able to make recommendations as to what teeth straightening procedures the child may need and which specialist to go for the procedure (for example, an orthodontist will be able to place braces on your child’s teeth and monitor the progress until the teeth are correctly aligned).
– The dentist will also be able to diagnose and treat dental development problems.

Welcome to the pediatric dental office of Dr. John Haffner. They provide specialized dentistry for children and adolescents in a “child-friendly” environment in Cumming, GA and the surrounding cities of Dawsonville, Dahlonega, Alpharetta, Gainesville and Forsyth County, Georgia.. As a pediatric dentist, Dr. John and the staff focus on preventive care to help each child have a healthy smile that will last a lifetime.