Dr. Leo Davis is a general dentist who really enjoys working with children. He is fully qualified to treat the vast majority of issues your child will experience on the way to adulthood. And his aim is to work with you to help your child enjoy visits to the dentist and good oral hygiene habits for a lifetime of dental health.
What Is a Pediatric Dentist?
All general dentists are trained in pediatric dentistry in dental school. They study issues particular to children and treat children in clinical settings before they graduate. And as we mentioned above, they can handle almost all the dental problems children normally encounter. Pediatric dentists are specialists who choose to treat children exclusively. They take an additional two years after graduation to study developmental issues, rare conditions, and special disabilities. So while your child will probably never need that level of specialized care, Dr. Davis can refer you if the need ever arises.
Your Child’s First Visits
We see kids as early as six months because we want them to experience dental checkups as a regular part of life. We encourage parents to bring their children in long before any problems have a chance to arise. That way, they’ll associate the dentist with positive experiences and when they do eventually need some kind of treatment, they’ll be able to relax and trust that nothing bad is going to happen. This is a cornerstone in your child’s life because bad experiences and dental fear affect half of all Americans.
Preparing Your Child for Good Oral Health
It’s a good idea to make oral hygiene a regular part of your child’s day. You can begin the lifelong habit by wiping your child’s teeth with a soft cloth as they come in. Then you can graduate to a soft brush and let them do more and more of the brushing as they get older. Let them see you brush and floss your teeth. They’ll want to imitate you. You can also talk to them about your own regular checkups to show them that going to the dentist is a simple part of life.
Making Dental Health Fun
We cater to children by treating them gently and creating a welcoming environment. In addition to a treasure box, we have a play area where they can relax with toys and games while watching a children’s movie.
We accept a wide variety of dental insurance plans as well as Medicaid, and we offer discounts for those without insurance. Find out more on our Financial Policies page.
You can learn more about how to help your child establish a lifetime of dental health by clicking here to read our Dental Tips for Parents page.
And if your child is ready for a first visit, give us a call or click here to complete our online Request an Appointment form. We’ll be happy to help you find an appointment time that fits your schedule.