I’ve got a conundrum. My daughter’s old pediatric dentist was an absolute joy. My daughter loved her. Her appointments were fun and a breeze. Unfortunately, my husband’s company transferred him and we moved. My daughter had her first appointment with her new dentist. It didn’t go as well. They were a tad grumpy at times. But, the worst part (for my daughter at least) was the fluoride treatment. Our old dentist used the paint on fluoride that my daughter loved. This dentist used this foamy stuff in a tray that made my daughter gag. She does not want to do that again. I told them about the other fluoride hoping we could get it for next time. I was horrified when they told me they only used established treatments and the paint on fluoride was experimental. Does this mean the old dentist we loved so much was just experimenting on my daughter?
Absolutely not. You have nothing to worry about with the fluoride treatments your daughter received from her previous pediatric dentist. They’re not only not experimental. They’re now the standard treatment. The American Academy of Dentistry gave its positive recommendation of it back in 2006 and even that was only after extensive testing.
There have even been newer studies done which followed patients who’ve used the treatment regularly to check that fluorosis wasn’t a problem in their later years. The findings were fantastic and there was no concern of fluorosis in their permanent teeth.
Your daughter received the top-of-the-line treatment with your old dentist and you have nothing to fear. Truthfully, it was dishonest and a disservice to you, causing fear that was totally unnecessary. If he chooses to use the old foam treatment, that’s fine, but it’s only because of preference. There is no medical reason to stick with the “old way of doing things”.
The Importance of a Great Pediatric Dentist
In your place, I’d look for a different dentist in your new area. One who keeps up with the developments. Most importantly, one who makes your daughter’s appointments enjoyable like the last one did. The truth is too many patients avoid the dentist because of bad experiences in their childhood.
The more positive experiences your daughter has, the less likely she is to avoid the dentist as she grows older. We see so many preventable dental emergencies because people fear the dentist and let decay go too far until suddenly it’s blown up into a serious infection.
Finding the right dentist will give your daughter a lifetime of positive oral health.
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