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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 moreSee 7 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 : 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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 5 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Ask: Ask if the dentist is a qualified pediatric dental specialist who limits his practice to just children and special needs patients. Ask you family dentist which pedodontist they prefer, and why. Ask the area orthodontists which pedodontists they prefer to work with, and why. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
Barbaric!: If a child is too young to hold still or uncooperative there are many different levels of sedation that can be used. Strapping a child down will cause unnecessary fears and set up a poor example for future dental visits. We want kids to be excited about going to the dentist! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Normal: It's getting ready to fall out. Root of tooth has dissolved away, and you are seeing capillaries through the enamel. 5 is a little early to loose a tooth, so take her back to dentist for evaluation. And take her to orthodontist @ age 7 for 1st ortho examination. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers