Pediatric Dentistry: Most Dentists Treat Kids

Pediatric dentistsMost dentists treat pediatric patients, found our recent survey. Ninety-five percent treat teens, and two out of three treat kids under 6.

“Pedodontists make their money the old fashioned way – they earn it!” opined one general dentist.

“I love caring for kids,” said one dentist, while another said, “I break out in hives when I treat anyone under 18.”

Here’s what else dentists had to say about children’s dentistry:Children's dentistry

  • “If you treat children like gold, you’ll see their mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents as well!” (Virginia dentist)
  • “Life is too short.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “If they can be reasoned with and kept calm with nitrous, I’ll treat them. I don’t treat anyone that is screaming and crying, and I don’t care how old they are!! Be calm, or take drugs!!” (Michigan dentist)
  • “It seems like parents readily spend money on their kids but compromise on themselves if required.” (Endodontist)
  • “If you do not enjoy treating them, then don’t! They know you do not like it and they get traumatized.” (Illinois pediatric dentist)

Read more: Dentistry for Children Offered by Most Dental Practices

Kids’ Dental Health Related to Mom’s

Mothers with untreated tooth decay are twice as likely to have children who do too.

That’s according to a new study that was published in the Journal of Dental Research. Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco looked at the oral health of 179 mothers and 389 children.

This highlights the role of parental dental health in pediatric dentistry. In addition, parents may be more likely to treat tooth decay and gum disease if they realize it may negatively impact their children’s dental health.

Read more: Mums who neglect teeth impact on kids’ oral health

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