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What is pediatric dentistry?


A pediatric dentist is a specialist dedicated to the oral health of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs. Pediatric dentists complete two or three years of additional specialized training beyond the required four years of dental school. They are trained and qualified to care for patients with medical or physical disabilities. Their specialization allows them to provide treatment for a wide variety of children's dental problems, including children that require advanced behavior managment techniques.


Northeast Iowa Pediatric Dentistry is specifically designed for treating children from infancy through adolescence, as well as those with special health care needs.


At what age should my child visit the dentist?


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child's first visit to the dentist should occur by twelve months of age. This visit will enable Dr. Fencl to evaluate your child and discuss proper oral hygiene. Early education and guidance about diet, fluoride, tooth eruption and finger/pacifier habits can help ensure optimal dental health.


How often should my child visit the dentist?


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that most children visit the dentist at least twice a year. Some children need more frequent care because of increased risk of tooth decay, unusual growth patterns, or poor oral hygiene. Dr. Fencl will help determine the best schedule for your child. Regular visits will help your child remain cavity-free and allow for ongoing assessment of changes in your child's oral health.


Do you care for children with special needs?


Dr. Fencl has two years of advanced training beyond dental school. Her specialty education provided additional training that focused specifically on care for children with special needs and complex medical histories. Because of their expertise, pediatric dentists are often the clinicians of choice for the dental care of adults with special needs as well.


Why are "baby teeth" important?


Primary teeth have been labeled "baby teeth." However, the first tooth is usually lost around age six and some primary molars remain in place until 12 or 13 years of age. Primary teeth are necessary for proper chewing, speech, growth & development of facial structures, and esthetics. Care of the primary teeth is important not only for proper function, but also to avoid a number of unpleasant conditions, such as pain, that result from their neglect.


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