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Choosing the Right Dentist For Your Child

Kids Brushing Teeth

Now that the holidays are over and sugar plums are no longer dancing in our children's heads, the time has come for New Year's resolutions and moving forward with a healthier lifestyle in 2016. Choosing a good dentist and promoting good oral health care remains an important goal. Much like choosing a good pediatrician, finding the right dentist can make all the difference in helping children have a fun and gentle experience.

A children's dentist is specially trained to meet and treat the specific needs of infant, children and teen patients. Dentists also act as a resource for parents, keeping them up-to-date with their child's oral health, informing them of any developmental changes and making recommendations to keep their dental care current and well-maintained.

Helping parents understand the importance of teaching their child good habits is imperative. Parents who become involved with every step of their child's care by providing routine education through the promotion of good dental habits leads to preventing unwanted issues. This includes showing parents how to identify problem areas in their child's mouth, teeth and gums, as well as proper brushing and daily health techniques.

Pediatric dental practices are unique as they focus on the development of teeth that are still forming. Unlike the permanent teeth of adults, kid's teeth are constantly growing and changing. Having a child become comfortable with their dental office experience is crucial in relieving potential anxiety and fear about receiving oral care. While each pediatric dental office is different, a "kid-friendly environment" usually means plenty of fun as they offer diversionary activities such as toys, pillows & blankets to cuddle with, and "goodie bags" for rewards.

Meeting and getting to know the dentist is also important in facilitating a trusting bond between doctor and patient. Parents should look at the dentist's qualifications, such as educational background and experience, and see if they are up-to-date on the latest medical procedures and training. How the dentist works to make your child comfortable should be noted. Is the staff helpful and compassionate? Is the environment friendly and inviting, individualizing the patient experience so that you and your child are not just a number?

Ask important questions about hours of availability, or what holidays they observe. Do they have extended hours? What are their insurance options? Asking these questions will help you make an informed decision.

Whether it's for a cleaning, a check-up or the best sedation dentistry Pacifica has to offer, make it your 2016 resolution to schedule a dental appointment with Cabrillo Family Dental Care. For questions or appointments, give us a call at (650) 359-1646, or visit our website at Our caring and professional staff look forward to serving your child in the new year with the best dental care all year round.