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Oklahoma City Pediatric Dentist

Oklahoma City Pediatric DentistA pediatric dentist is a dentist who has had additional post-graduate training and specializes in treating children. While Dr. Swearingen isn't a pediatric dentist, he loves treating children and has had the training necessary to provide all the basic treatment needs for children.

Many families prefer taking their children to a general dentist because they can have the whole family's care done at the same practice. In this way, the dentist becomes like a part of your family. If Dr. Swearingen does see anything in your children that requires a specialist's attention, he will refer them to a licensed pedodontist.

Making Pediatric Dental Care Fun

Dr. Swearingen will see children as young as three years old and gives them the star treatment. He has a bulletin board of his pediatric patients that makes them feel like super stars. He also uses an intraoral camera to help the children see and understand their dental care. After their appointment, they look forward to stickers and a selection from the treasure box.

Pediatric Dental Tips for Parents

  • Make regular tooth brushing non-negotiable, but fun. This can be accomplished with stickers or songs that you sing to them while they brush their teeth during the early years. Begin brushing their teeth when the first tooth makes its appearance.
  • It is ideal to get your child brushing their teeth on their own as early as possible so they develop good oral hygiene habits. For the first couple of years, you may have to brush for them.
  • You want to minimize any swallowing of the toothpaste. You can do this by using a small amount of toothpaste (no bigger than the size of a pea) to start. Also, teach them how to spit out their toothpaste as the foam builds in their mouth. You can make the drain of the sink like a bullseye target that they have to hit.
  • Once their baby molars appear (around age two) floss their teeth once a day until they are old enough to take over the job themselves.
  • Bring them in for dental appointments by the time they are three. If children see a dentist before any problems actually develop, they will have a positive, fun experience. This helps keep them from developing a dental anxiety, which is often the result of traumatic appointments.
  • Once permanent teeth begin coming in, It is helpful to get sealants put on any teeth that have deep groves or pits, which will greatly aid in preventing cavities in those teeth. We provide those at our office.

We are always happy to answer any questions you may have. If you're looking for a pediatric dentist, you may call our office to schedule an appointment or click here to request an appointment online.