Bright futures begin with a healthy smile

Photo by Dawnmarie Fehr

Dr. Ansony Kim, of Hello Smiles Pediatric Dentists, is preparing to open his Oakley practice next month.

Taking a little one to the dentist for the first time can have a lasting impression and lifelong effect on oral health.

Pediatric dentists have the training and tools to keep children calm and comfortable, ensuring a good cleaning. In addition to the training a general dentist receives, pediatric dentists get up to three years additional education on working with children, preparing them to handle behavioral difficulties, nervous patients and all things kid-related.

“I often get asked why a parent should take their child to a pediatric dentist rather than a general dentist,” said Dr. Ansony Kim of Hello Smiles Pediatric Dentists. “If you have a young child who is sick, most parents will take them to a pediatrician, rather than a family doctor. It’s the same thing.”


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