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    The top 5 pediatric dental trends of 2018

    Despite the joys of working with pediatric patients, they certainly have their challenges. Here’s a refresher on products, techniques and protocols you need to know.

    Let’s face it: Our pediatric patients are simply the best!

    After all, who doesn’t enjoy switching the TV to catch the end of “Paw Patrol,” listing off polish flavors like “birthday cake blast” or “gator grape” and talking about the sugar bugs that Mr. Thirsty will help you attack? In my humble opinion, there’s no greater reward than winning the trust of a sassy 4-year-old with a sparkly purse, jelly shoes (those are back, by the way!) and a vocabulary that only includes the word “no.”

    Pediatric trendsDespite the joys of working with pediatric patients, they certainly have their challenges. They often present with an audience ranging from parents to grandparents, brothers, sisters, the mailman, their barista … you know: the crew. They also take far too long to select a toy from the prize basket, complain too often about the taste of their fluoride and, for some reason, don’t like getting shots. It’s almost like they’re incredibly aware of their surroundings and recognize the best (and worst) parts of presenting for their dental appointments!

    The amount of education our pediatric patients receive on dentistry in tandem with the perceptions of their family and friends creates an unpredictable appointment of potential frustration, screams from the operatory and lasting trauma that affects future appointments. But enough about the dental provider — the pediatric patient also experiences stress in the dental chair.

    More from the author: A day in the life of a dental hygienist

    As we prepare for our back-to-school rush of patients, it’s important that we refresh ourselves on the available products, techniques and protocols that can significantly improve the dental experience for the patient and provider.

    This article will discuss the top five products, techniques and protocols in the management of pediatric patients this year.

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