Gentle Pediatric Dentistry Services in a Comfortable Environment
By the time a child is three years old, they are old enough to begin receiving full dental treatments. When you introduce a child to routine dentist appointments at a young age, you help them establish proper oral hygiene habits that lay the foundation for healthy teeth and gums into adulthood. As a parent, you may be trying to decide if a pediatric or family dentist is the right option for your child.
The Difference Between a General Dentist and Pediatric Dentist
So, what exactly is the difference between the two? Like other doctors, some dentists are trained to work with patients of all ages, and others have extra training to work specifically with children, ranging from infants to teens. A family dentist is a general dentist that can treat your whole family, while a pediatric dentist cares exclusively for children.
All dentists have the same core education, but pediatric dentists typically have an extra two to three years of residency experience. They focus on common dental issues of infants to teens, as well as how to make kids feel comfortable and safe during treatment, including children with special needs.
Our Pediatric Dental Services
We offer a broad range of pediatric dental services, including the following:
- Infant oral health exams
- Annual checkups
- Pacifier and thumb sucking habit assessment
- Cleaning and fluoride treatments
- Cavity prevention and treatment
- Repairing dental injuries (e.g., cracked tooth or broken crown)
Our team knows that children often fear the dentist, so we do our very best to help our younger patients relax during their visits and leave our office smiling. We have a gentle, compassionate approach to all pediatric dental care concerns, from basic preventive care visits to more extensive procedures.
The staff at Hanson Dentistry understands the intricacies of caring for pediatric patients. Many of us, including Dr. Hanson, have children ourselves, and we take pride in treating your children as our own. To schedule an appointment for your child, give us a call today at 816-373-5606.