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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?
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February 2, 2017
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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.

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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