August 4, 2021

Pediatric Dentist Dr. David Snodgrass DDS Offers Advice to Parents Regarding Fillings

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS

For various reasons, says pediatric dentist Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, the time comes in some children’s lives when they need fillings. According to Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, this can happen because of neglected teeth, not flossing, or maintaining sugary eating habits. Of course, the treatment of cavities and tooth decay are a common service provided by Dr. David Snodgrass DDS and the pediatric dentist at Snodgrass-King. But for children who have never needed a filling before, acknowledges Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, the experience can be quite unfamiliar and tense.

According to Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, there are a number of things that parents can do to prepare their child for a filling. Dr. David Snodgrass DDS suggests that parents begin by answering any questions a youngster poses about the process. Give honest details to your child, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, but be sure to emphasize the benign or positive aspects. It is important not to engender extra anxiety in your child about the filling process, explains Dr. David Snodgrass DDS.

Avoid blaming the child for having poor brushing or eating habits, says Dr. David Snodgrass DDS. This can be addressed at another time, points out Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, rather than on the eve of the dental procedure. Dr. David Snodgrass DDS suggests that it’s best to avoid framing the visit as some kind of hygienic punishment for getting a cavity. Take a cue from pediatric dentists like Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, and describe the experience using child-friendly words that are not anxiety producing.

According to Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, when a parent utters words like “shot,” “drill,” “needle,” or “hurt,” kids immediately get anxious, edgy and even tearful. Dr. David Snodgrass DDS suggests devising honest euphemisms that do not prematurely heighten your child’s perception of any discomfort. For example, you might tell your very young child that Dr. David Snodgrass DDS will use “sleepy juice” to make the child’s mouth fall asleep. While the mouth is sleeping, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS will “remove the sugar bugs” that have made a hole in your child’s tooth. Many pediatric dentists like Dr. David Snodgrass DDS have found that imaginative language is a helpful way to inform and prepare a child for a dental visit.

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About Dr. David Snodgrass DDS

Since 1987, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has practiced dentistry in the greater Nashville area.  A graduate of the University of Tennessee, he earned his Doctorate of Dental Science in 1984.  In 1986 Dr. David Snodgrass DDS received his pediatric dentistry certificate from Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.  In addition to his practice, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS currently serves at Vanderbilt University in the capacity of a part-time professor of pediatric dentistry.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS, along with co-founder Dr. John T. King, established Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates.  Dr. David Snodgrass DDS wanted to establish a dental practice that parents could trust and where children would feel safe and welcomed.  Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates offers a kid-friendly, carnival-like environment with a focus on pediatric dentistry excellence.  Dr. David Snodgrass DDS’ dream has grown from one to multiple offices serving the greater Nashville area, including Spring Hill, Murfreesboro, Hermitage and Franklin/Brentwood.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS’ expertise can also be found in numerous publications.  The author of articles concerning growth and development, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has appeared in several orthodontic and pediatric dental journals. Dr. David Snodgrass DDS holds memberships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Orthodontic Society, the International Association of Orthodontics and the Tennessee Dental Association.  Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has numerous awards and accolades including the Achievement, Fellowship and Diplomat Awards from the American Orthodontic Society and the International Association of Orthodontics.  Through orthodontic study organizations, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS is a recognized lecturer and mentor in the Southeastern United States.

Outside of his practice, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS believes it important to use his talents and gifts in the service of humanity.  Since 2007, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has taken service-oriented trips to Haiti.  Following his initial trip, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS would journey to perform the same work in the Dominican Republic.  After working in the Dominican, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS was flown back into Haiti.  In 2010 on his return trip to the area, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS worked in the dental clinic of Danita’s Children Hope for Haiti Center.  The Hope for Haiti Center dental clinic was fully equipped by Snodgrass-King Pediatric Dental Associates.  In that most recent trip, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS witnessed over 300 Haitians receive cleanings, fillings, sealants, and extractions, stainless steel crowns, as well as having routine procedures performed.  In November of 2010, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS and Dr. King led a team of eleven team members from their dental practice back to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.  A brief stop over in Sousa allowed the team to treat over 200 patients, free of charge.

Most recently a group of 15 Haitian orphans visited the United States and middle Tennessee to record a music project.  Those orphans stopped by Dr. David Snodgrass DDS’ offices of Snodgrass-King and were treated for any and all types of dental procedures.

From his belief in a “kid-friendly” environment to his pursuit of pediatric dental expertise, Dr. David Snodgrass DDS believes excellence in pediatric dental care is essential.  And with that belief in excellence Dr. David Snodgrass DDS has a heart to serve and give that same excellence to those who may never have the opportunity to receive such dental care.

Dr. David Snodgrass DDS and his wife Melody reside with their three children in Brentwood, Tennessee.

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