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Pediatric Dentist for Special Needs Child

Thursday, Feb. 15th 2018 6:28 AM

Pediatric dentists, are they prepared to care for special needs children?

Question: I have a special need child that is 18 months old. His teeth have been coming in and I know I need to take him to the dentist.   I am told that sometime special needs children have larger dental issues.  That I really need to stay on top of his dental needs so that he maintain healthy teeth.  I am just not sure who I really go to.

Do I see a family dentist or should I take him to a Pediatric dentist.  Up to what age will a Pediatric dentist normal see a child for?  I would like any helpful information please.  I am wanting to find the best dentist for my son.

Reply: Children in general should see a Pediatric dentist at least until around age five or six. Just like you would normally take your child to a Pediatrician for their health care needs you would want to do the same for their dental care needs.  a Pediatric dentist is better equiped to provide dental care services to children.  Their office are normally very kid friendly. Kids with specially needs will also be better off at a Pediatric dental office.

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