Dr. Karen Benitez, founder & designer, board certified pediatric dentist at Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry writes a series of guest posts related to adolescent dentistry and questions for us based on questions and concerns she frequently receives from patients. If you have a topic you’d like to see her feature, leave it in the comments.
The first post was one that many parents wonder about; whether it is necessary for your child to visit a pediatric dentist and how the experience will differ from just taking them to the dentist you see. The second post addresses the topic of why x-rays are important for your child to have. The third post explained why your child may be referred to an orthodontist at what may seem like a young age, followed with an article all about cavities and how to proceed. She has also written the following posts; Food and drink choice; an increased risk of cavities?, Tips on brushing and flossing and fluoride and sealants.
I present this subject because I am a realist on behalf of the parents for whom upon mentioning an upcoming dental visit to their children, are in turn facing endless questions or conversations of self-assurance by their kids. I often hear from parents that their child would not stop pep-talking themselves about how well they were going to do this time and how excited they were to get it all done this time. Sometimes, these kids come to the office and halt in the doorway, no longer so sure of their ability to comply. Again, this is OK! [Read more…]