Children dentistry requires more than just common dental knowledge, since you are dealing with a human being in a process of change. This quick growth and development is only found in children, because they are in constant change.
Children dentistry generally treats prevention, management and education regarding the appropriate oral health, education, not only children but their parents too, so they can guide them successfully to avoid cavities on their teeth, and emotional lesions, that in my years of experience as pediatric dentist, I think is one of the most important characteristics of this topic.
The controversy when choosing a health professional that is appropriately capacitated to handle and understand the behavior of a kid. The first appointment is considered vital because it affects deeply in the success of the dental treatment on an infant.
This is a wide topic, otherwise is important to highlight that the environment, the assistants and the pediatric dentist should have the optimal characteristics and, in that way the patient could feel identified, comfortable, and that his experience can be completely positive.
We can’t assume that the pediatric patient is a little adult, so every instruction that is given should contain the appropriate terms and, if possible, previously show o exemplify the procedures, this would make the patient and the dentist to have a closer relation or in other words make the patient to have a feeling of confidence with the dentist that is treating him.
Is important to highlight that the first appointment is also vital for the parents of the patient, is not easy to confront their own fears, due to previous experiences they or other people have lived and its even difficult since you are dealing with their own son or daughter.
Dental treatments on kids should have correctly documented the diagnostic information, family history, medical background, dental history, x-rays and the appropriate treatment plan, and I mention this because the patient should have short appointments, with the fewer quantity of setbacks possible, successful treatments and not being exposed to repetitive procedures.
It is a must to the pediatric dentist to give a clear explanation of the treatment to the parents of the patient, about the techniques of behavior management and any type of device that is needed, in other to evacuate any doubt the parents could have and give them all the information they need.
The empathy that the dentist gets to achieve with his patient will depend on a big scale on a psychology training and the ability he or she has in obtaining the collaboration of the patient. Both the patient and the parents will have a positive experience, in favor of the oral and emotional health of their son or daughter.