It didn’t take long after starting dental school for Dr. Conrad Parks to realize he had a passion for taking care of the smallest patients. “I recognized that so many children have a fear of the dentist, and it doesn’t need to be that way. I try to make each child feel special and have a memorable experience each time they visit my office.”
As a board-certified pediatric dentist, Dr. Parks has specialized training to treat the unique needs of children and young adults. As the father of two young girls, he also realizes there is far more to your child than just their teeth. “I try to connect with each patient, find what makes them comfortable and how to make them smile. I think this is so important to build a trusting relationship with both patients and their parents.” At Parks Children’s Dentistry, parents are a vital part of each visit. Children visit the dentist twice a year, and parents are responsible for children’s dental care the rest of the time. “I give parents the tools to care for their children’s teeth at home, including them at the exam and preventive care teaching.”
It is never too early to schedule your child’s first dental visit. “I recommend children to have their first visit by the age of 1. Think of it as a check-up for their teeth!” Starting dental visits young helps children to build a trusting relationship with the dental environment and instills a positive memory. The waiting room has a boat and clubhouse to climb on. This comfortable, kid-friendly environment continues to the treatment area, which has a warm design, toys and prizes.
Dr. Parks’ tips for brushing at home:
-Make it fun! Especially with younger children, make it a family routine and let them see you brush your own teeth.
-Be consistent and don’t give up. Kids go through phases. Your child may like brushing in the morning and resist brushing in the evening — that’s a kid just being a kid.
-Let your children help by choosing their toothbrush or by brushing their own teeth first and letting you finish.
Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., 4601 W. 109th Street, Ste. 217, Oveerland Park, KS 66211. For more information call 913-491-5044 or visit ParksChildrensDentistry.com.