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Dentists for Young Children in La Jolla: Choosing the Right Dentist for Your Family

Choosing a dentist for a young child is often a nerve-racking experience often exacerbated by the negative feelings we associate with our own time spent in uncomfortable waiting rooms and even more uncomfortable dentist chairs. On top of that, some general dentists are unwilling to treat children before they have their first permanent tooth but waiting that long to familiarize one's child to the dentist can easily lead to an unfounded fear of the unknown. The good news is the dentists of old can be part of our past and not our children's future.

Luckily there are many family dentists in La Jolla that specialize in the care of children's teeth and that will help to instill the importance of dental hygiene in their children from a young age.

When looking for a Dentist in La Jolla and Coastal San Diego for your young child, look for someone who specializes in children's dentistry because they are more likely to be sensitive to you as a worried parents and well aware of the specific challenges that come from the unique experience of cleaning a toddler's teeth. Do some research and find local dentists who are specially trained to treat growing mouths. Pediatric dentists enjoy children and enjoy their rewarding albeit┬Žinteresting work.

In the days before you are scheduled to take your son or daughter in, talk about what will happen, why it's important and make it sound like an adventure. This is especially important for parents who harbor negative feelings about the dentist. Because small children don't communicate as verbally as older children and adults, they are especially tuned into our tone and body language. Keep that in mind as you talk about their first teeth cleaning. Go into the dentist appointment with an open mind. The worst that can happen is your child cries or bites someone (yikes!). It's normal for a child to fuss or cry during the examination. A good dentist will pause to give the child time to calm down. Pay attention to the way the dentist interacts with your child. Feel free to speak up if anything he or she does makes you uncomfortable.


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