Pediatric Dentist Says My Child is Too Old
My daughter feels very comfortable at our pediatric clinic, but I just received notice they don’t see children after they turn sixteen, which she’s about to. I’m a little nervous about moving her to an adult clinic. Is this typical? Do they all move children away at that age? If so, is there a procedure for making this easier? She doesn’t like change much. Her life has been challenging.
Each pediatric practice is different. Some let them stay until 18. Some until 13. Some until they’re comfortable leaving. In your place, I would start to transition her to a family practice. For instance, at Angel Dental Care, we treat adults and children. We have a lovely pediatric dentist who’s fantastic with little ones. Then, as children are growing and feel ready, they can try one of our “grown-up” dentists. They’re at the same location so there isn’t a tremendous amount of change.
There are many family practices like this. You could look for one in your area. Just do a search under family practice or general dentists who treat children. But, before you actually go, check their reviews. Make sure the dentist they have treating children has a good way with them. You want her experience to be positive.
Benefits of a Family Practice
We’ve already mentioned it makes for an easier transition. But, your daughter is transitioning too. She’s moving away from pediatric needs to more adult dental needs. Her wisdom teeth will be developing. Many of them end up needing an extraction. You’ll want a dentist with a lot of experience in that area.
She’ll also be getting of the age where a dental crown or root canal treatment is a real possibility. Also, many teenaged girls start to worry about their appearance and ask about things like Invisalign and teeth whitening. None of these things will be available to her at a traditional pediatric practice. But, a family practice will usually have every service available.
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