The thing that sets the very best pediatric dentistry practices apart is a practice that seems simple when you say it aloud. Building trust is an indispensable part of the dental care journey, and when your children are able to develop a relationship with their healthcare providers, they will be much more receptive to the care that they are being given. This trust building seems so simple. It's why adults use small talk before diving into business conversation. It's why people take the time to get to know each other before engaging in more intimate acts. It just makes sense that this same kind of relationship development should be afforded to children before we assume that they will have trust. As adults, we assign people roles and make assumptions about what is expected of them and normal within these roles. This means that when we go to the dentist, we have expectations- built on years of visiting such places- about what will happen. We already have trust that we have given to them as part of our understanding of their role. With this in mind, our children do not have these experiences and therefore naturally do not have the trust that we do in the dentist. This is a good thing: children should not automatically have trust without people having to earn it first. The best family dentistry practices understand this and therefore do things to help children earn trust and have a positive relationship with their dentist. The team at Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry does thing particularly well. Here are a few of the best practices that they have developed to help them build positive, helping relationships with the children they work with.
The first thing that this great dental team does is tell children what they are about to do before they do. While adults have this understanding already, children do not, and may not remember the teeth cleaning process from their previous visit. That's why kid friendly dental hygienists take that time at the beginning of each new step in the teeth cleaning process and why they are sure to explain to children what they are doing. Not only do they take the time to tell them what they are doing, they also show them the instruments before hand. Those dental instruments can be really intimidating, even to adults who are used to those instruments! That's why showing them to children as part of explaining the process helps the kids feel comfortable before those instruments are put in their mouths. Finally, after all of this explaining and showing, are the instruments actually put inside the child's mouth. The exam or the procedure are always preceded by these steps, making it easy for the child to feel comfortable. They also make space for children to bring toys with them to the exam so that they can comfortable with their favorite things around them.
You can see that it is not hard to make the space and time to do right by children in these scenarios. You can easily make your child feel safe and comfortable at the dentist by choosing a kids dentist who does these things!