Pediatric Dental Office Lake Worth, FL

Parents always want to make the right decision for their child’s health. When it comes to their oral health, parents have several options to consider. It is recommended that parents establish a dental home for their child by the time they have their first tooth or turns one year old. A pediatric dental office, which is a practice owned and run by a single provider, can provide many personalized benefits for patients.

Fara Bender DMD PAis a pediatric dental office in Lake Worth. Call us at (561) 763-9218 to see if our dental office is the right fit for you and to schedule an appointment.

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    Pediatric Dental Office vs. Pediatric Dental Center

    A pediatric dental office has a single provider treating infants, children, and teenagers. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD), practices with one dentist accounted for 69.8% of all pediatric dental practices. In comparison, a pediatric dental center has multiple practitioners covering various specialties, all under one roof.

    Patients and their families often like the appeal of the one-on-one relationship that develops in a pediatric dental office versus a center. The advantage is truly feeling like your child has a dental home for their formative oral health years. When a family chooses a pediatric dental office, they decide to entrust their child to a team of experts at handling children, appealing to their interests, temperament, and oral health needs.

    “A pediatric dental office has a single provider treating infants, children, and teenagers.”

    Staff at a Pediatric Dental Office

    Staff at a pediatric dental office can include the practice manager, financial coordinator, and receptionist. These staff members assist with check-in, appointment scheduling, billing, and other necessary paperwork. Additionally, a number of dental professionals may be in an office, including the pediatric dentist, the pediatric dental hygienist (who is responsible for preventative treatment such as professional cleaning), and the pediatric dental assistant (who can help the pediatric dentist during specific procedures).

    According to the AAPD, pediatric dentistry is more labor-intensive than a general practice. Their research shows pediatric dentists hire more personnel than their general dentist counterparts, improving office efficiency. While pediatric dentists and general dentists both employ dental assistants, pediatric providers typically have more dental assistants on staff.

    “According to the AAPD, pediatric dentistry is more labor-intensive than a general practice.”

    Rooms at a Pediatric Dentist Office

    A pediatric dental office is designed with children in mind. The reception area often features bright colors and fun patterns and is equipped with toys and books to keep kids of all ages entertained while waiting for their appointment. Parent-specific reading material is also available. This helps reduce any possible anxiety and keeps children calm and distracted until their name is called.

    The most obvious change from a general practice will be a child-friendly dental chair in the examination area. Exam rooms can include a TV and child-appropriate artwork. All the tools used during the exam and cleaning are appropriately child-sized. Additional spaces will consist of storage (where free toothbrushes and floss are kept until the end of the appointment), the bathroom, and an X-ray room.

    “A pediatric dental office is designed with children in mind.”

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    Patient Data Management

    Many pediatric dental offices use electronic dental records to manage patient data. This helps keep track of the patient’s health history, risk factors, imaging, a record of treatment, and other important data such as current medications. At the reception desk, the parent will be asked at the check in to update any of the child’s medical history, detail any new diagnoses, note any dental health concerns, and update any insurance information. All of this will be entered into the patient’s data record.

    During the visit, the pediatric dentist will review this information with the child and parent and then enter any relevant clinical documentation into the patient’s data record. After the visit is over, the reception desk will schedule the child’s next visit and answer any questions. Post-visit, the office will utilize the patient’s record to manage billing, coding for procedures, and insurance claims. In some offices, the parent can access and view their child’s dental health information through a secure patient portal.

    “At the reception desk, the parent will be asked at check-in to update any of the child’s medical history, detail any new diagnoses, note any dental health concerns, and update any insurance information.”

    Benefits of a Pediatric Dental Office

    A pediatric dental office offers many benefits to both the child and parent. Since there is only one pediatric dental provider, both the parent and child will develop a close relationship with their dentist through the years as the child matures. The provider will learn about the child’s specific habits and identify potential problems much sooner than if multiple providers saw the child. Thanks to the level of trust that develops between the provider and the child, patients are often calmer during visits and less afraid.

    During the first pediatric dental office visit, the parent should provide the pediatric dentist with a thorough medical and dental history for their child. Often, the teeth are cleaned and examined during a first visit. This cleaning and exam provide a lot of information about your child’s oral health and how they react to the dentist and the exam itself.

    When the patient is very young, typically, the parent is in the room. This may only involve a visual exam with the patient sitting in the parent’s lap. Older patients have a more thorough examination, and sometimes X-rays are taken. Depending on the child’s needs and oral health risk, the next appointment may be in six months or sooner.

    “A pediatric dental office offers many benefits to both the child and parent.”

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q. What is a pediatric dental office?

    A. A pediatric dental office has a single provider treating infants, children, and teenagers. Since patients only see one provider, this type of office often can provide more personalized services than dental centers staffed by many dentists. When a family chooses a pediatric dental office, they are choosing to entrust their child to a team that specializes in handling children, appealing to their interests, temperament, and oral health needs.

    Q. What are the benefits of a pediatric dental office?

    A. Since there is only one pediatric dental provider, both the parent and child will develop a close relationship with their pediatric dentist through the years as the child matures. The provider will learn about the child’s specific habits and be able to identify potential problems much sooner than if the child was seen by multiple providers. Thanks to the level of trust that develops between the provider and the child, patients are often calmer during visits and less afraid.

    Q. Who makes up a pediatric dental office team?

    A. Staff at a pediatric dental office can include the practice manager, financial coordinator, and receptionist. These staff members assist with check-in, appointment scheduling, billing, and other necessary paperwork. Additionally, a number of dental professionals may be in an office, including the pediatric dentist, the pediatric dental hygienist (who is responsible for preventative treatment such as professional cleaning), and the pediatric dental assistant (who can help the pediatric dentist during specific procedures).

    Q. What are the rooms like in a pediatric dental office?

    A. A pediatric dental office is designed with children in mind. The reception area often features bright colors and fun patterns and is equipped with toys and books to keep kids of all ages entertained while they wait for their appointment. In the examination area, the most obvious change from a general practice will be a child-friendly dental chair. Exam rooms can include a TV and child-appropriate artwork. All the tools used during the exam and cleaning are appropriately child-sized. Additional rooms will include storage (where free toothbrushes and floss are stored until the end of the appointment), the bathroom, and an X-ray room.

    Q. When should a child see a pediatric dentist?

    A. The ADA recommends a child start seeing a dentist within six months of getting their first tooth. If your child is one year old and still does not have their first tooth, bring them to the dentist anyway. After that, a child should see a dentist every six months. A pediatric dentist typically sees children from 6 months old until all their adult teeth come in.

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    Definition of Pediatric Dental Terminology

    Decay
    Tooth decay is when the enamel of the tooth begins to decay and cause erosion from plaque and tartar on the teeth.
    Dental Caries
    Dental caries are also known as cavities and result from a lack of proper oral hygiene leaving plaque that forms tiny holes in the teeth.
    Dental Sealants
    Dental sealants contain a resinous material that we apply to the chewing surfaces of the posterior teeth to prevent dental caries.
    Dental Prophylaxis
    A dental prophylaxis is a professional and detailed cleaning that involves the removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the teeth.
    Electronic Dental Records
    An electronic version of a patient’s dental health history and data maintained by a provider over time.
    Oral Hygiene
    Oral hygiene is the practice of maintaining the cleanliness of the mouth, teeth, and gums through brushing, flossing, and regular dental appointments.
    Pediatric Dentist
    A pediatric dentist is a dentist that has training in the diagnosis and treatment of the dental problems of children from infancy to young adulthood. Also known as a pedodontist, they work with those with special needs as well.
    Pediatric Dentistry
    The specialty of dentistry where practitioners have special training in providing dental care to infants, children and those with special needs.
    Preventive Dentistry
    Preventive dentistry is the dentistry that focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread of plaque, the formation of tartar and infections in the mouth.
    Primary Teeth
    Primary teeth, also known as baby teeth, are a patient’s first set of teeth.

    Learn More About a Pediatric Dental Office

    A pediatric dental office offers several benefits for patients and families seeking a more personalized form of treatment. Call us at 561-763-9218 to speak to us about your child’s oral health needs.

    If you live in the Lake Worth area, call 561-763-9218 for an appointment in our Lake Worth office.

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