Why You Should Visit a Children's Dentist for a Second Opinion
As a childrens dentist, we work with families throughout the area, helping young children to stay in excellent oral health. We view ourselves as part of an important team since, without the help of parents at home, it is impossible for us to keep teeth completely healthy. This is because we need parents to make sure that children are brushing and flossing on a daily basis and that they keep sugar off of their teeth and eat a healthy diet instead. Simultaneously, parents can't keep their kids cavity-free without our regular teeth cleanings and preventive care. In this way, we are an important partnership that works together to help your child maintain the best possible oral health. If you are not currently a patient of our dentist office but are worried that your child may not be receiving the best possible care, we encourage you to call our dental office and schedule a second opinion. We will be happy to examine your child and let you know what our recommendations are for improving their health.
Trust Your Instincts and Visit a Childrens Dentist
As a parent, you are with your child 24/7, in some cases. This means that you have an opportunity to observe their behavior and to notice when anything seems off or slightly different. For example, you may notice that they don't eat certain foods because they complain that they suddenly don't like them or that it causes them pain. You may notice that they whine when eating something particularly hot or cold. You may notice a variety of changes to their behavior or their preferences that could lead you to conclude they may have a dental infection, damage or tooth sensitivity. As a dentist, we do not have the benefit of being with them on a daily basis so we depend on you to notice when it is time for them to come in. This is why it is important for you as a parent to trust your instincts regardless of what you are being told. If you have taken them to a dentist that has said there's nothing wrong but you are confident that there is, bring them to our dental office for a second opinion.
Other Reasons to Visit a Childrens Dentist for a Second Opinion
#1 Your child continues to complain of a toothache.
In this case, there is something that is clearly causing them pain or irritation. Our goal is to get to the bottom of it. We will do so by conducting a physical examination and taking x-rays. We will let you know what we find and then begin to discuss treatment options. Keep in mind that if their toothache is caused by something being stuck in their tooth or them eating something that is overly sweet, simply brushing and flossing their teeth should help to alleviate the discomfort. If this is not the case, it is wise to bring them to our dentist office.
#2 Their teeth look different.
Pay attention to how your child's teeth look. If you notice that they are becoming gray or even black, it is wise for you to bring them to our office immediately. As a children's dentist, we will identify where the infection or decay is and work to remove it immediately. Also, if you notice that their teeth are beginning to appear jagged or they're changing their size or shape, your child may be grinding their teeth at night and this is something that we can help you to address.
We invite you to call us anytime the oral health of your children, whether you are a current patient or you are looking for a second opinion.