Do I Need a Referral To See a Pediatric Dentist?

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When it comes to picking a dentist for children, a pediatric dentist is the best option. They specialize in the oral health of children from infancy through their teen years. They have experience dealing with children as well as the qualifications needed to care for a child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.

Is a referral needed to see a pediatric dentist?

Many parents who are taking their child to see a pediatric dentist for the first time often wonder if they need to have a referral from their general or family dentist. In most cases, pediatric dentists do not need a referral before they can treat a patient. But, they will accept referrals if their patient comes in with one.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist?

General dentists can treat any dental problem. However, they do not receive as much training in a particular field as someone who specializes in the field. That is one of the reasons a lot of people go to specialists. In this case, in addition to the four years of dental school, a pediatric dentist undergoes two additional years of training in dentistry for infants, children, teens and children with special needs.

What types of treatments are offered by pediatric dentists?

Pediatric dentists provide their patients with comprehensive oral health care, which include:

Repairing tooth cavities or defects
Strategies for handling bad oral habits, like thumb sucking
Assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting improper bite problems
Infant oral health exams, including risk assessment for caries in the mother and child
Management of gum diseases and conditions like ulcers, mucoceles and pediatric periodontal disease
Preventive dental care, which includes cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as diet and nutrition recommendations

What to expect during your first visit to a pediatric dentist

During the first visit, the pediatric dentist will examine the child’s mouth to check for signs of decay and gum disease. The pediatric dentist will evaluate the child’s bite and jaw alignment and evaluate spacing for permanent teeth. The dentist will also answer any questions or concerns the parent has about their child’s oral health.

In addition to the oral examination, X-rays may be taken to detect hidden tooth decay and to view the placement of permanent teeth. The child’s teeth will be cleaned and fluoride will be applied to the teeth to strengthen the enamel. The dentist will also provide oral hygiene instructions and tips on how to avoid cavities.

Do I have to stay with my child during the examination?

Parents are not required to stay with their children while they are being examined by the pediatric dentist. However, they are encouraged to be there because it allows the dentist to discuss the child’s oral health, provide oral health tips and answer any questions or concerns the parent may have.

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