The fact is that not all dental care is quite the same, and what works
for one person may not work for another. The dentist that I have always
used in my adult life is what you might call a very serious man. He is
direct, and straight to the point. He gives good dental care, but he does
not try to deceive you. If it is going to hurt, he tells you. He is
polite, but not all that warm and outgoing. He is a great dentist for me,
but now that I have kids, there is just no way that I am going to take
them to him – at least not right away. They need a kids dentist, and a
kids dentist they shall have.
One of the most important factors in pediatric dentistry is the
presentation of the dentist. Every children's dentist knows, and will
tell you if you ask, that almost all kids hate going to the dentist. That
is why good pediatric dentistry involves doing anything possible to make
the visit more entertaining, and easier for the kids. In most offices of
pediatric dentistry, for example, you will see a treasure chest filled
with little toys that the kids can take at the end of their visit. A good
children's dentist will also know a lot of little jokes that they can
tell the kids to get them to loosen up and cooperate. That way, the
actual meat of the pediatric dentistry visit can go much smoother, and
they do not have to spend so much time fighting with frightened children.
It allows everyone to win.
Of course, there is more to pediatric dentistry than just a warm smile
and a good joke. Besides knowing how to deal with children, any expert in
pediatric dentistry really needs to know about the unique issues that
kids face with regard to their teeth. Kids are always growing and
changing, and their mouths will grow and change with them. Sometimes
pediatric dentistry involves orthodontics, as it is quite possible that
the teeth will not all come in smoothly. Other times, pediatric dentistry
really means teaching the kids to have some good dental habits when they
are young, habits that will, hopefully, last for a life time. A pediatric
dentist must know all of these things and be able to explain them both to
the kids and to the parents. That is why pediatric dentistry is so
complex, yet so rewarding a career.