Pediatric dentists may be the most well-rounded dental specialists there are. Their education consists of 4 years of medical school, 2 years of residency - meaning they work with kids - and 80-hour lectures on Spongebob Squarepants. As a whole, pediatricians need to know teeth and especially the kids that lose them.
Pediatric dentists won’t be as well-received as the tooth fairy by most kids. As first time patients, they may not realize that visiting the dentist means they’re bound to leave with a free tooth brush, a toy, and a bigger smile they came in with (if they were enthused enough to smile in the first place). Some kids may have dental anxiety, and that’s perfectly normal. 15% of adult patients still experience dental anxiety! If you select a good downtown Los Angeles dentist, your child should be able to overcome his or her fear after the first visit. Of course selecting a good specialist in any field can be a daunting task. There are countless websites, Yelp reviews, and local offices to consider.
To narrow down your pediatric dentist choices, try making a list of what factors are most important to you. Ask yourself some questions, like: “Would my child get along better with a male or female dentist?” or “Does the dental office need to be kid-friendly?” or “Does the dentist have children of his/her own?” You can always call your local downtown Los Angeles dentist and schedule a meet and greet to familiarize your child with his/her specialist before the big day. This can cut through the anxiety and make the milestone of your first dental visit fun!
Spongebob has shiny, awesome teeth and sets a high bar for kids to keep their teeth clean too. Not all dentists may know Nickelodeon shows as well as your kids do, but contact your local downtown Los Angeles dentist and see what your dentist and kid have in common!