I’ve always taken my daughter to a pediatric dentist. She doesn’t love it but doesn’t hate it either. I’m wondering if there is a way to ease the transition from a pediatric dentist to an adult general dentist when the time comes. I’m assuming those are less patient with children. Do I wait until she’s 18 or do I take her sooner? I’m only asking because she’s starting to call her pediatric dentist the baby dentist. She’s ten now. What is your recommendation?
Each child is unique in when they do best switching. Some children are so close with their pediatric dentist they don’t want to leave and stay until they are 18 and leave for college. Others, hate their pediatric dentist and would rather switch. Then there are the ones who don’t care either way.
If your daughter is calling her clinic a baby dentist this may be the perfect time to transition. I’m going to advise you to first see a general dentist who enjoys treating children. General dentists are qualified and every dentist does a pediatric rotation. However, you want a dentist who is good with children and enjoys working with them.
One way to tell is by when they first want to see children. If they are happy to see them when they are toddlers, you can know they enjoy children. If they don’t want to see them until they are around eight-years-old, I would look elsewhere.
Benefits of Seeing a Family Dentist
One thing many patients enjoy when they all share the same dentist is grouping appointments. They can get everyone done around the same time and done. No going back and forth between two clinics.
There are dental benefits as well. Your dentist will already know your history and be keenly aware of your genetic bents when it comes to teeth. He or she will be able to catch things sooner. Saving your children from potential dental emergencies.
You could always give it a try and see what your daughter thinks. If she doesn’t like it, go back to the “baby” dentist.
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