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Questions & Answers

What is Pediatric Dentistry?
How old should my child be for his or her first dental visit?
Can you treat my child even though my spouse and I go to another dentist?
My child is a bit of a handful. Do you treat “handfuls”?
Do you treat children with special physical, mental or medical conditions?
What will my child's first dental visit be like?
What if my child has a dental emergency or is experiencing pain?
Are you accepting new patients?
Do you accept Medicaid patients?
May I share your name with friends or family?


We hear questions everyday from parents about their children and their dental health concerns, so we felt it would be helpful to answer some of these most common questions. We then invite you to call with any other questions or dental concerns you may have for your kids.

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric Dentistry is a specialty of dentistry that requires 2 years of additional training beyond dental school.  It is dedicated to the treatment of the dental needs of children from infancy through the teen years. Infants, pre-teens and teenagers each require unique approaches in treating and managing their dental needs. They also have unique behavior and development needs that require the additional training a Pediatric Dentist receives.

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How old should my child be for his or her first dental visit?

It used to be that we would recommend you bring your child in by the third birthday. But the most recent advances in pediatric dentistry allow us to identify and treat common childhood dental problems much earlier. This allows us to help you avoid more extensive and potentially traumatizing dental repair later on.

This is why the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child's first visit is scheduled when their first teeth erupt or by their first birthday at the latest. During this first visit we can offer you help and information that can allow you to raise cavity-free kids.

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Can you treat my child even though my spouse and I go to another dentist?

Many general and family dentists refer their patients to us to treat the special needs of their children. You are welcome to bring your child in to us and we are very willing to stay in contact with your general dentist in the event of any questions you or they may have.

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My child is a bit of a handful. Do you treat “handfuls”?

Kids have special needs when it comes to dentistry. Not the least of these are behavioral and emotional needs. Some kids are very active — “handfuls” as you suggested. Some kids are extremely shy. Some are even fearful. I guess there are really no “normal” kids — they are all unique, individual and special.

Part of our training — and a major part of our ongoing continuing education — is in behavior and child psychology. And the reason we chose to specialize in working with children in the first place, was because we love working with them all.

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Do you treat children with special physical, mental or medical conditions?

Absolutely! Part of our advanced pediatric training includes the treatment of children with special needs . We believe all children deserve the benefits of dental health and happy smiles.

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What will my child's first dental visit be like?

Children are not born with “ dental anxiety ”. Life is life. And each day is an adventure. We suggest you bring your child in for their first visit by their first birthday. The bright colors and happy environment of our office is designed to attract their interest and engage their curiosity

During your child's first visit we show them, and you, the office, the toys and the play area. If they have a favorite stuffed animal they would like to “show around”, they are welcome to.

During the actual exam we gently “count' their teeth and teach them to allow us to look at and examine their teeth and gums. Everything is done calmly and slowly so they aren't startled or surprised. We ask that when you come to our office you allow yourself plenty of time so you can arrive calmly, unhurried and happy.

We tell them, in words they can understand, everything we are doing. We ask for your help ahead of time by speaking of your visit in positive and matter-of-fact terms. Remember, children aren't born with a fear of the dentist. If their visit is treated with frankness, calm and a positive attitude, they will be on their way to a lifetime of positive visits, good dental habits and happy, healthy smiles.

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What if my child has a dental emergency or is experiencing pain?

If your child is experiencing any dental discomfort or an emergency , please call our office right away. If it is after hours, please call our same number, 208 377-2072, and you will be instructed what to do.

During a dental emergency, our first concern to is reduce and treat the pain or discomfort — to help your child feel better as quickly as possible. We then treat the problem. So, the first step is to call and we'll see your child as soon as possible.

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Are you accepting new patients?

Our “mission” at Pediatric Dentistry Associates is to help improve the total dental health of kids in southwestern Idaho. We anxiously accept and welcome new patients because we feel every child deserves a reason to smile.

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Do you accept Medicaid patients?

We no longer accept new Medicaid patients.

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May I share your name with friends or family?

Over the years we have noticed our best patients often come to us as a result of a kind or encouraging word from a friend who is an existing patient. We are grateful for the trust this implies and try, in everything we do, to treat you and your child so that you will also feel comfortable in sharing our name with your family and friends.

In a nutshell, that's Pediatric Dentistry Associates. That's what we do. Just KIDS! And we love what we do.

If you have a dental question or a need for your child, or if you know of someone who does, would you please give us a call? We'd love to answer your questions, help you with your child's dental concerns or even just schedule a friendly “Meet the Dentist”, get-acquainted visit for your child. If your child has a dental emergency or is experiencing any pain, please call right away! – 208 377-2072.

But do call.

We all want the best for our kids.

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