I remember the first time I went to the dentist. I must have been about six, and I had a tooth ache. My mother took me to the same dentist that she had been seeing for decades; she trusted the quality of his care, and I don’t begrudge her the decision to go to a medical professional that she had personal confidence in. However, I would never consider using a dental office like his for a child. I mean, it was the classic “Little Shop of Horrors” set up – just an old man in a small, cold, office with a not very nice receptionist and the most uncomfortable waiting room furniture I think I’ve ever sat on (and I’ve sat on a lot of waiting rooms over the years). I was terrified long before I even sat down in the exam chair. He came into the room with his surgical mask already on, sat down without a word, and arranged his dental picks on a cold metal tray where I could just barely see them. By the time he actually asked me to open my mouth I was ready to pass out. And then he started poking my gums with something sharp. It really is no wonder that I never went to the dentist unless I really needed to after that.
I don’t want my kids to have to have that kind of experience with a dentist. I want them to have a real pediatric dentist who knows how to work with children, someone like Southmoor Pediatric Dentistry. My own history with dental care has not been positive, so much so that I have had multiple root canals done because I just never took good care of my teeth. I want my children to not have to go through that when they are older, so I need to take care to make sure that they go to the dentist regularly and learn that going to the dentist is something that has to be done to be healthy. Nobody wants their kids to have poor health when they grow up, and dentistry is a big portion of being a healthy person.
What is also great about family dentistry these days is that the dentists who are giving care to your children actually have an extra couple of years’ worth of schooling to ensure that they know how to properly care for young people as they start to mature. That means that a dentist at Southmoor can take care of your son or daughter as they grow, keeping in mind their changing bodies and adjusting what they do for them accordingly. In the past a dentist was a dentist and he or she did not have that kind of specialized knowledge – a kid’s oral health was looked at much the same as an adult’s would be. Myself, I’m happy that I can bring my kids to a dentist who really knows what he or she is talking about.