General dentists see children all the time - so why do we need pediatric dentists? Here are a few points that may make all the difference for your child where dentistry is concerned.
1) Working with kids is what they're trained to do.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking your child to a general dentist, but there is something to be said for the specialization that a pediatric dentist brings to the table. Since children handle dental situations a bit differently than adults, it's helpful to have a provider with special experience in putting the little ones at ease and helping them cooperate to get the treatment they need for their oral health.
With a pediatric dentist’s background in child psychology, he or she is trained to manage treatment in a way kids can understand and feel comfortable with. For children with developmental disabilities, having that extra layer of experience is especially beneficial.
2) They know that your child is at a unique developmental stage.
Beyond the different emotional responses a child may have to dental work, kids are also at a unique stage in their dental journey. There are many issues that pop up early on in life, and pediatric dentists know what to look out for. They make sure that children’s mouths are forming properly and deliver the special treatment needed should any complications arise. The sooner your child can come in for his or her first visit, the better - one year of age is prime time!
3) Now is the perfect time to change the way kids think about dentistry!
Kids are honest - if they aren't happy with their dental experience, they’re going to let us know! The goal is to create positive memories that they'll carry with them into adulthood, laying the groundwork for an anxiety-free future where their oral health is concerned. Visits here at Dental Excellence take place in a fun and relaxing environment. Your child can play with toys in the lobby (while you relax with a hot cup of coffee, of course!) and even watch a movie during treatment. We’ll keep their visit as short and sweet as possible. For a full list of the pediatric services we offer, click here.
Dr. Zohra Saleh (known as Dr. Zohra to her younger patients) is our in-house pediatric dentist. Dr. Zohra specializes in positively shaping children's dental experiences to provide the dental care they need and set the stage for their oral health for years to come. She loves helping children work through their initial fears and transition to a place where they actually look forward to their dental appointments.
Dr. Saleh completed her undergraduate education at the University of Virginia and attended Virginia Commonwealth University School of Dentistry to complete her Doctor of Dental Surgery. She then went on to obtain her specialty degree with a Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.
Dr. Zohra is currently accepting new patients. What better time to start your child's dental journey off right and schedule an appointment!
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