Or old pediatric dentist moved her practice to another city because her husband was transferred. We were very sad to see her go but now I’m afraid she did experimental treatments on my son. She always used this brush on fluoride. I liked because it was so much easier than the old nasty trays we had when I was a kid. He also never had a cavity, which was great. But our new dentist uses some kind of foaming tray. My son hated it and ask for the regular stuff. I explained what he meant and they hygienist said that is too new still for the dentist to trust it. He doesn’t like experimenting on patients. Is that what she did? Should I be worried?
I’m not sure why your dentist said the fluoride varnish was experimental. In reality, it is anything but. It’s undergone extensive testing and has been approved by the American Academy of Dentistry since 2006. Dentists who treat children love it because children love it. That means more patient compliance. Not to mention it is extremely effective.
In addition to the testing of the varnish, its safety, and its effectiveness, they did follow up testing to see if children who used the varnish in their childhood developed fluorosis after their adult teeth came in. It didn’t.
Your old pediatric dentist was following the latest technical protocols in treatment, not using your son as an experiment. It sounds like your new dentist doesn’t like change. This may not be the best dentist for your son. He’ll need someone open to what’s easier for his patients.
Pediatric Dentist or General Dentist
When can a child see a general dentist and when do they need a pediatric dentist? The one time they definitively need a specialist is when there is an out of the norm issue going on. Traditional general dentists know how to treat adults and can do basic care for children.
However, they won’t have the right sized supplies or understand the technical differences in some specialized cases.
While some dentists can be great with children, others aren’t very child-friendly. You’ll also want an office that is inviting to children.
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