Answers to Common Questions

What is a Childrens Pediatric Dentist?

A Pediatric Dentist is a specialist dedicated to childrens oral health and the monitoring of childrens facial growth and development. Dr. Mitch Vodrey’s office is designed for treating children from infancy through adolescence, as well as the medically and physically challenged children.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family (or general) dentist?

A pediatric childrens dentist is a dental specialist trained in dental care for children and teenagers. Pediatric dentists have two or three years of specialty training past dental school and they limit their practice to children only. A pediatric dentist is the pediatrician of dentistry. They are the primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children. A family dentist will treat patients of all ages.

Tips for helping develop positive childrens dental habits.

• Start by setting an example
• Make oral health a family effort
• Show children that daily brushing and flossing, limited snacking and a regular dental checkup schedule are all part of a good dental hygiene program
• Praise your childrens efforts and their newly aquired independence when they are able to brush and floss on their own

Why Are Baby Teeth So Important; Don’t they just fall out anyways?

Baby teeth serve the important function of eating, speech, and childrens self image. These teeth not only help form the developing jaws, but they also save a space for the adult teeth that are developing under the gums, so that a normal bite occurs. The last baby tooth falls out at about 12 or 13 years of age. A decayed baby tooth can become so badly decayed that it can do damage to the permanent tooth. If a primary tooth is lost prematurely, the back teeth may move forward into the empty space in your childrens mouth and block out the un-erupted permanent tooth creating an impaction and an orthodontic problem.

When should you start taking kids to see a childrens dentist?

Ideally, your child should be seen six months after the eruption of the first baby tooth. This is the perfect time for an initial “get acquainted” visit, and a good time for any parent’s questions to be answered. it is also an excellent time for Dr. Vodrey to educate the parents about how to bring up a child with healthy teeth. If the child isn’t cooperative, we can always make another appointment for a later date. Trust takes time, and the important thing is that the child have a positive experience at the dentist. In Manitoba, the first visit is free for children up to 3 years old

How often should you child see a childrens dentist?

Ideally your child should be seen every six months after the initial examination.

How To Prepare For Your Childrens First Dental Visit

Your childrens first visit to the dentist can be a lot of fun, or it can be a frightening experience. It starts with the preparation the parents give their child. Make positive comments about Dr. Mitchand avoid phrase like as “be a brave boy/girl now”, or “be a big girl/boy at the dentist”. These kind of comments are not associated with positive expereinces and can frighten your children. Kids are smart, and these are phrases that they are not used to hearing when they do “fun things” like going to the park to play, going out to a movie, or going to the ice cream store!

“Instead tell them what we will be doing.At the first visit, depending on your childrens age, we try to get acquainted with the child, and show them a few things around the office, such as the tooth-tickler (the rubber cup we use to polish the teeth), Mr. thirsty (the suction), and the squirt gun (the air/water syringe).
We then give them a ride in the chair, and count their teeth (do an examination). When we are through counting, we may clean your childrens teeth, and give them a toothbrush and a sticker or ring to take home with them. If any work is necessary, we usually make another appointment to do it at a later time. The main goal at the first appointment is to say hello and have fun!

Tell them that Dr. Mitch is a nice man who wants to help them keep their teeth healthy, and tell them in a “matter-of-fact” way that he is going to give them a ride in the big chair and count their teeth.

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