Some parents in the Moore area bring their child to a pediatric dentist. Others use a general or family dentist for every member of their household.
What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist?
Pediatric dentists have specialized training to treat infants, young children and teenagers. They use special dental tools created for smaller mouths. Some pediatric dentists have training in child psychology which can help make children feel comfortable during dental treatment.
When should my child transition from a pediatric dentist to a general dentist? Some parents transition their youngster to a general dentist as soon as all their child’s permanent teeth come in. Other parents have their child see a pediatric dentist until their late teens.
Does your teen feel comfortable at a pediatric dental practice?
Sometimes, when a child hits their early teen years, they feel uncomfortable at a pediatric dental practice. This is especially true if the office is furnished and geared toward toddlers and pre-teens. In this case, the teen may choose the right time to transition.
Above all, it’s important that your child feels comfortable at the dentist. If your son or daughter starts feeling like they are too old to see a pediatric dentist, it’s time to switch to a general dentist.
We understand the oral health needs of your adolescent.
Remember that the team at OKC Smiles is willing and able to address adolescent dental needs. We are happy to treat your teenager through their adolescent years.
What dental issues should I be watching for during adolescence?
First off, pay attention to your son or daughter’s nutrition. As children become more independent, they start making more of their own food choices. If you visit any Oklahoma City-area middle school or high school during lunch, you will notice that some teens drink soda and energy drinks. Most of those teens most likely drank milk during elementary school. Make sure your gets enough calcium to keep their teeth strong. Vaping and smoking take a toll on physical and dental health. Unfortunately, they are too common among the teen group in the Moore area.
Your dentist is an essential member of your teen’s healthcare team.
Your dentist can help you understand how their diet and lifestyle affect their oral health. If your teenager struggles with an eating disorder, a dentist can address any related dental issues. If your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment, your dentist can monitor their teeth closely during a time when it’s more difficult to keep teeth clean and free of tooth decay
Regardless of when you transition your teen to a general dentist, make sure they see a dentist at least twice a year. Continue to monitor their oral hygiene practices and set a good example. Watch out for destructive habits. Furthermore, make sure they wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports.
The team at OKC Smiles has been serving families in the Moore area since 1986. We value the relationships we have developed with our patients and their families. If you are looking for an experienced, caring family and general dentist in the Oklahoma City area, give us a call to schedule a consultation.
Contact OKC Smiles:
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13900 S Western Ave, Suite 300
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma