The foundation of a lifetime of good oral health can be fostered in a patient’s relationship with a childhood dentist. Positive early experiences will reinforce a child’s perception of the dentist as an ally rather than an enemy and reduce dental anxiety. Additionally, a child may be more likely to be compliant with a home oral hygiene routine when there is a trusted relationship with dental professionals.
Therefore, it’s essential to choose a team of caring, gentle dental professionals to treat your child. Many parents opt for a pediatric dentist, who has completed a post-graduate residency in this area. That additional education provides the dentist with two or three years of targeted training in the specific oral health needs of children and hands-on experience in the gentle techniques needed to care for these patients.