I took my daughter in for a tooth filling. She got scared and started to inch away from him. Rather than give her time or find out what the problem was he just yelled at her to sit still. I don’t yell at my daughter. I certainly won’t allow someone else to do it. We live in a small town and there is only one pediatric dental clinic. There is another one 45 minutes away. I will go to that one if it is necessary, but wondered how important it is for a child to be seen by a pediatric dentist. Is there a reason for needing one or is a general dentist fine? I’ll do what is best for her. I just want to know my options.
Rachel E. – Virginia
I admire your dedication to your daughter. Anyone willing to drive 45 minutes for their child’s filling to be done by the best qualified person is a good mama.
It’s not necessary for you to travel so far away to see a pediatric dentist, especially for such a routine procedure. A general dentist is perfectly qualified to treat a child. If there was some special procedure that required additional training, he or she could easily give you a referral to a specialist.
The thing you’ll want to be sure of is that the general dentist you choose enjoys treating children. One way to check on that is to ask at what age they like to first see children. If they say eight or nine, that would indicate to me that children aren’t their favorite type of patient. If they say two or three, you know you’ve got a winner. You’ll also find that families find it very convenient to all go to the same clinic.
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