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How do I choose a dentist for my child?

How do I pick a dentist for my toddler? Do I need to find a pediatric dentist?

Re: How do I pick a dentist for my toddler? Do I need to find a pediatric dentist?

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There’s a bit of a debate about that actually: Pediatric dentists have extra training in treating the teeth of children. But choosing a pediatric dentist means you’ll have to switch when your child is older. Family dentists treat patients of all ages, but their training isn’t as specialized. If you choose the former, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website offers a database of practices across the country, which you can search by your area.

You’ll then want to research the dentist’s background, including education and number of years in practice. You may also want to ask about anesthesia/sedation options in case your child needs any major work or acts up during exams.

At what age should children start seeing a dentist regularly? Click here to find out.

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How do I choose a dentist for my child?

I wanted to find a dentist in order to get my 6 year old braces. I found an invisalign Oro Valley doctor and the idea of invisible braces was really interesting. This way my kid would not have to be self conscious about her looks if other kids were not having braces. I realized it doesn't matter if the doctor is a pediatrician or not. A good dentist can work with anyone, no matter what age.

johannabartley |

How do I choose a dentist for my child?

You search through Cleveland classifieds and ask as many doctors as you want about their style and how much they charge. Just do a little research online and you will find the best doctor for you.

ZoomView |

How do I choose a dentist for my child?

I always believed that when you have to choose between two good things, try to do them both. Besides our pediatric dentist, my wife used the services of the NYC cosmetic dentists as well. She told me that later, our son will be familiarized with our family dentist already and I have to agree with her.

TawnyCollyn |

How do I choose a dentist for my child?

If you choose a pediatrician to treat your child's health then you should care enough to choose a pediatric dentist to care for your child's oral health and oral growth and development. Family dentists have very little if no training in the oral health care of young children. They learn "on the job". Children are not small adults and neither are their mouths small versions of the adult mouth. Growth and development are important in terms of their whole body and that includes their mouths, occlusion (bite), and teeth. Pediatric dentists have two years of specialized training limiting their focus on children's oral health, growth and development, occlusion (bite), behavior management, and preventive oral health care. Pediatric dentists encourage the first dental visit at 1 year of age to take advantage of being able to watch the teeth erupt, come into occlusion, and prevent early childhood caries. Most family dentists don't recommend seeing children until they are 5. That difference in time allows many problems to develop that could have been prevented much earlier. Pediatric dentists generally see children until they go to college, just as do most pediatricians.

toothcare4kids |