Why Many Dentists Enjoy Treating Children (video)

Why Many Dentists Enjoy Treating Children (video)Dentists nationwide are seeing an increase in cavities among young children.

As doctors contemplate the reason for this increase, The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if they encouraged their adult patients to bring their kids in for dental care.

Children are a wonderful blessing upon the world, unless you are a dentist treating a difficult child that doesn’t want dental care. In this case children can feel like a troublesome scourge upon the earth.

One dentist told The Wealthy Dentist, “No! I don’t treat kids! I want to live a long life!”

Another disagreed saying, “I love it when patients bring their children in. I am a kid at heart and really can relate to them. It is so much fun!”

To hear more of what dentists had to say about treating children, Click on Play —

Do you you enjoy treating children?

The Pediatric Dentist Protects Kids’ Teeth, Parents’ Freedom

The pediatric dentist is important for children's dental healthThe pediatric dentist should be a part of every kid’s childhood.

And the consequences of avoiding the children’s dentist can go far beyond cavities and tooth decay… Just ask the Washington state mother who was convicted in court for not having taken her son to the dentist.

The developmentally disabled 10-year-old boy had more than one abscessed tooth; in court papers, one doctor compared the boy’s tooth pain to “being shot with a nail gun.”

The boy had several teeth removed. His mother claimed that she had no idea a tooth abscess could be life-threatening, and that she did not have the money to take him to a pediatric dentist.

After a jury trial, she was convicted of second-degree criminal mistreatment.

Read more about this pediatric dentistry case: Mom convicted over lack of dental care for son

Dental Management Company Pays $24M Settlement

Dental management company settles pediatric dentirsy billing lawsuitsThe largest dental management company in the US is paying $24 million to settle claims of Medicaid fraud.

Forba Holdings LLC owns 68 “Small Smiles” dental clinics where pediatric dentists serve half a million low-income children in 22 states.

According to the Justice Department, the clinics filed claims for unnecessary pediatric dentistry – including so-called “baby root canals” and other possibly risky procedures.

Forba has agreed to pay $24 million to settle the lawsuits, but did not admit wrongdoing. Their clinics remain open, still providing dentistry for children, though the dental management company will add precautions against future Medicaid fraud.

Of course there’s a pediatric dentist here and there who’s unscrupulous… but a dental practice management company with chronic billing “inconsistencies”?!? Not a good sign.

Read more: Forba Settles Suits Over Unneeded Child Dental Work

Dentists Kind of Like Treating Children (VIDEO)

The clear majority of dentists are happy to accept pediatric patients, found our survey. Eighty-six percent of dental practices report that they accept child patients. The remaining 14% prefer to treat patients over age 14.

Rural and female dentists were most likely to practice pediatric dentistry.

Read more: After All, Kids Are the Dental Patients of the Future

Most Dental Practices Like Children

Pediatric Patients Welcomed by Most Dentists

In our most recent survey, we asked dentists if they encourage their adult patients to bring their children in for treatment. The overwhelming 86% of dentists accept pediatric patients majority of dental practices (85%) are happy to accept pediatric patients. The remaining 15% prefer to treat patients over age 14. In addition, rural and female dentists were most likely to treat children.


  • “No! I want to live a long life.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “I love it when patients bring their children in. I think I am a kid at heart and really can relate to them. It is so much fun.” (Minnesota dentist)
  • “I prefer to treat adults. You have to take longer and charge less on kids.” (Colorado dentist)
  • “If we are truly taking care of the needs of our patients, we should take care all of them, regardless of their age or profitability.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “Not quite all ages, but certainly about 7 and up, with one proviso: The child can act up only one time; after that, they get referred out.” (New York prosthodontist)
  • “Only 1.8% of all dentists are pediatric dentists. Most dentists will see children under the age of 5 years.” (Ohio pediatric dentist)
  • “Why not? If they are manageable, they can become your dental patients for life.” (Florida dentist)
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