[Note: This is a Guest Post contributed by Dr. Karen Benitez, DDS, of Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry]
Why a pediatric dentist?
As a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, this is a question I’m often asked here at Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry. Most families will be quick to notice a difference in the environment of pediatric dental office specific to kids, much like a pediatrician’s office would be. The primary elements of a pediatric dental environment are visual, sensory, emotional and tactile acceptability.
Our pediatric dental office is different and you will see and feel it from the moment you enter through the door. Our entire office was designed specifically to build the most comfortable atmosphere to meet the needs of our young patients. It is alive with colors, toys and even a separate nook just for kids to explore and play during their short wait. A trip to the dentist should be fun, after all!
Beyond the esthetics and environment, as pediatric dentists we are educated in the unique needs of children and adolescents, and children with special needs. Our studies extend an additional two to three years beyond our general dental school education in pediatric growth and development, orthodontic development, behavior management techniques, and more. We are dedicated to the dental needs of even the youngest of children and it is ALL. WE. DO.
Here at Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry, we understand good vibes! We encourage our patients to touch, feel, ask questions, and share feedback. All this in the interest of introducing the entire dental experience in the friendliest of manners. We introduce our language for all dental instruments in terms kids just get. We “tickle teeth,” use “power washes,” spit into “magic straws,” make “silly smiles,” and wear “silly masks.”
Our dental needs evolve with each decade and our specialty is focused on the early, most impressionable ages to establish a familiarity with oral health practices that carry confidently into their adult lives. Kids are not adults, and we cater to their unique needs and approach. It is important that patients feel at home in our office and with our staff.
We welcome your child to come into our office and have a look. Please stop by and check us out. We would love to have you around!
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Chevy Chase Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Karen Benitez, DDS