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Yes: As both a pediatric dentist and orthodontist, my patients get the best of both worlds. There is no such things as a pediatric orthodontist, although, in my case, I have fellowship training in managing very young children with cleft lips and/or cleft palates. The great recession has spawned an explosion of general dentists pretending to be orthodontists. Beware. Check their credentials. ...Read more
Yes, but: Yes, but Pedeatric Dental Specialists treat primarily children & adolescents, just as a Pediatrician treats primarily children & adolescent medical patients. Pedodontists will also treat special needs patients of all ages. Specialst limit their practices to their area of specialty training. ...Read more
Ask your dentist: If you ask your dentist, they will likely know of a good pediatric dentist that is local to you. If that doesn't work, you can call a couple of dental offices, or other dental specialists (esp an orthodontist), and ask where they would send their own children... That would probably be the best referral... ...Read more
1. When your kid decides he's "outgrown" a pediatric dental office.
2. About age 18.
Whichever works for you. ...Read more
Pedodontist: Your pediatrician can make a recommendation. You can call the local dental society for a list of pediatric dentists. Talk to other moms for recommendations. Good luck. ...Read more
AAPD: Although I do not know of one personally, you may consider visiting the association website to find a qualified pediatric dentist: www. Aapd. Org. Certainly many children may be seen by a general dentist, however a specialist has additional training to handle more complex situations and cases that are perhaps outside the scope of a general practitioner. Find a dentist you trust, best of luck! ...Read more
Depends: Many pediatric dentists will see kids until they don't want to come back. Some regular dentists don't want to see kids until they are old enough to talk, some won't see them until older. It is best to check with your local sources to see what the community/ provider habits are and go from there. ...Read more
Do we have to find a pediatric dentist for our kids? My husband and I have both been going to our dentist for years, and have always really liked him. We have kids now who are old enough that they're going to need to see the dentist, and we're wondering I
Ask your dentist:
Some general dentists enjoy treating children and some do not. Some children are easy to treat and some much more difficult. So it will depend on your family dentist's and your personal philosophy and your children's needs.
So start by talking with your dentist about this. It sounds like you have a good relationship with your dentist so listen to their advice. ...Read more
What difference is there between adult and pediatric dentists? Around here, pediatric dentists seem to charge more than adult dentists is there a reason for that? .
Pediatric dentists are dentists who have limited their practice to the treatment of children and adolescents. They have additional training and education, above and beyond their dental school training to help them deal with the dental problems facing children.
Fees vary from office to office and region to region, so it is difficult to make a comparison for you. In general, however, specialist fees are slightly higher than generalist fees, reflecting the additional experience and education.
Hope this info helps. ...Read more
At what age can a child stop seeing a pediatric dentist? Our daughter just turned twelve, and we're wondering what is the appropriate age to switch over to a normal family dentist? .
Maybe!: Every child is different. If you child is excited about going to the pediatric dentist I would not change. If you child is "feeling too old" then it may be time to switch up. There is a big difference in how pediatric offices are run and adult offices. It can be intimidating for a child to be put into an operatory all alone for a cleaning when they are used to being in open areas! ...Read more
Is there a certain kind of certification we should be looking for in a pediatric dentist? I've read that pediatric dentists have extra training, but I'm not sure what, if anything, we should look for to know that the pediatric dentist we pick is a good on
Specialty: Pediatric dentistry is one of the specialties of dentistry just like pediatrics is one of the specialties of medicine. Although all dentists are taught to treat children, pedodontists have at least 2 years (5, 000+ hours) of specialty training in care for children. Best suggestion, ask your dentist for a recommendation. ...Read more
More attuned to kids: While some general dentists may love to treat kids, it is likely not true for all because children require behavioral management tailored to them. Reducing anxiety related to dental care is most important from the beginning to avoid creating lifelong fears. Pediatric dentists may also pick up subtle growth abnormalities related to eruption of permanent teeth later. ...Read more
What does a pediatric dentist do that's different from a regular dentist? Our pediatrician told us it's time we took our baby to the dentist for the first time, but i'd like to know what exactly makes going to a pediatric dentist necessary? .
A: A pediatric dentist receives 2 or more years of additional training specifically in the treatment of children. The offices are typically designed for dental treatment for children only. I find children do much better in the beginning at a pediatric dental office. I see you go to pediatrician with your child instead of a family physician. You should use the same reasoning when deciding to go to a pediatric dentist instead of a family dentist. ...Read more
What should we look for to know we're getting a good pediatric dentist? Are there certain certifications, practices or advertised procedures that we should be looking for when looking for a pediatric dentist? Our pediatrician recommended one, but we would
Any thoughts on dentists using papoose boards for fillings in children? My three year old son is going to need a filling, unfortunately, and our pediatric dentist says he will need to use a papoose board. I'm not comfortable with this, and haven't heard o
Is there any difference between a family dentist and a pediatric dentist? We currently go to a family dentist. Will that be good enough when our baby's teeth start coming in? .
There: There are many family (general) dentists that are qualified and have the desire to treat children. That said, it is important to note that pediatric dentists have extra training beyond dental school that give them additional experience in treating developmental and behavioral problems that are unique to the pediatric population. It is most important that your child receives all the great dental prevention that is available today (and you should be educated as to what you need to do at home to maintain excellent dental health for your child). Finally, your child should have a positive experience! ...Read more
My 5yr olds front tooth turned red? When my daughter was 2yrs old she banged her front tooth. Took her to pediatric dentist he said everything looked ok it might turn a grayish color in which it did and over the last month it has turned red. Just today
Kid is 4 yrs old she has tooth decay problem from 2 yrs. She has 7 tooth decayed consulted a pediatric dentist he askto refill them will she bear it?
Speak with dentist: This may be treated better in the OR. Check with the pedodontist prior to the inception of any treatment to make sure the modality of treatment is up to your expectations. Try to establish excellent home care and frequent hygiene visits to avoid caries in the permanent dentition. Also evaluate your child's diet and make sure that she is on a fluoride supplement if the water is not fluoridated. ...Read more
Should we allow our pediatric dentist to use a papoose board? Our two year old hates going to the dentist, and fights nearly everything that the dentist tries to do. He would like to try using a papoose board to help keep our son from moving, but I don't
In my opinion: This is a very tough challenge. A good pedodontist will know best how to prepare the child for the visit-how the parents prepare for & act before and at the office is important. If already on the wrong foot, I would first consider seeing another pedodontist for a new start. If nothing else works, I would allow a papoose board for an exam. For any major work, sedation in a hospital is usually best. ...Read more
Do most pediatric dentists allow the parents to come back to be with their children? Our seven month year old daughter had her first dentist appointment last week, and while the dentist allowed me to come back with her, I could tell that he didn't really
Balancing act: The pedodontist will know whether the visit will be more productive with or without the parent. The other answers listed explain why it's sometimes best one way or the other. Let the pedodontist help you make that decision at each visit based on your child's needs at that time. ...Read more
Will most pediatric dentists allow parents in the room during a dental exam? We're shopping around to find a dentist for our six month old, and some pediatric dentists don't seem to want parents in the room while the exam is being performed, and some don'
I agree with the above post. Most pediatric dentist will always have you there for your six month old but as the children become older and you trust your dentist you will then want to give them more freedom. There are plenty of pediatric dentist that will allow all parents back for theexam and dental work. Shop around and I am sure that you will find the right dentist.
I feel that for the younger patients and if it is your first time at a dental office you want to see what these people are all about. Usually when the children hit 6 years old and for an exam or cleaning most parents want to wait in the waiting room or the child wants to come back themselves. For special needs patients I always have the parent or guardian present. Everybody as you are finding has different policies. ...Read more
2 year old son has inflamed gums for about a week now. Bleed when touch teeth. Won't eat or drink barely. Should we go to his pediatric dentist?
I am about to have a filling at a new dentist office they area regular dentist not a pediatric do you think they would use laughing gas if I asked?
Yes: I use nitrous (laughing gas) on adult patients all the time. Most dentists have this but call and ask before you go. No worries;) ...Read more
My daughter has a cavity and she is 3 years old her pediatric dentist says she might need laughing gas to relax her is that safe for her age?
Vocal anesthesia: Always try to allay any fears in young patients as well as older ones by talking and showing what you are going to do. Sometimes a child will let you drill without a needle but if the child is too afraid than nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is indicated with a trained professional. ...Read more
Is there anything that's done differently about pediatric dental exams? We're going to take our year old daughter in for her first dentist appointment, and would like to know what, if anything, is done differently during pediatric dental exams versus norm
General: General dental exams vary little whether the patient is young or old. The health of the teeth, gums, and soft tissues are assessed. With children, the eruption sequence is evaluated to make sure the teeth are coming in properly and have sufficient space. The size and growth of the jaws is also assessed. The biggest difference is the manner in which the exam is done as it is difficult to rationalize with children, instead special management techniques are used. ...Read more
Is the hand-over-mouth technique still used in pediatric dentistry? My 1st dentist used that often & I believe it is partially to blame for my phobia.
Not recommended: The hand over mouth exercise (HOME) has been eliminated from the clinical guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). There are other Psychological and Pharmacological methods to help alleviate apprehension from the young dental patient. Most Pediatric Dental offices today are designed to give the young child a comfortable, non- threatening feeling, thus the term Dental Home ...Read more
Where can I find a pediatric dentist or a specialist in orthodontics for my 18 year old daughter?
Firstly, orthodontic treatment should ideally be done by a certified orthodontist, not just a pediatric dentist (unless of course there is no orthodontist in your area).
Ask friends, family, coworkers for recommendations. There are also internet sites that rate orthodontists (stay away from paid ads)
go to braces.Org and look for a trained practitioner in your area (it is the web site of the aao). ...Read more