I’m from a small town. We only have one pediatric dentist. The problem is, I used to be engaged to him before I met my actual husband. It would be horribly uncomfortable to attend there. Do children need a pediatric dentist?
Melinda H. – New Mexico
You’ve asked a great question. A pediatric dentist has done some extra study to specialize in children. However, a general dentist is equally qualified to tend to your child’s normal dental needs. Then if there is a specialized issue that comes up you could always go to a pediatric dentist only on an as needed basis.
If an issue does come up and you’re still uncomfortable with your town’s pediatric dentist, there is always the possibility of going to the next town or city. However, I’m sure you wouldn’t want to do that regularly, just as needed.
One suggestion. Not all general dentists enjoy treating children, so you’ll need to check with them. One good way to tell is what age they first like to see children. If they’re happy to see toddlers, it is a good hint that they like children. However, if they want to wait until six or seven, you might look elsewhere, especially since it’s best if your child is seen before then for regular check ups.
This blog is brought to you by Fountain Valley Pediatric Dentist Dr. Tammy Tran.