Both general dentists and pediatric dentists are trained to care for young children and are patient and caring with them.
General dentists treat people of all ages, however, some general dentists don’t see children under the age of three. If your client’s child is over the age of three, there’s a good chance that the dentist the parents see will agree to see their child as well. If the child is younger than age three, parents may need to call a few dentists before they find one who will see the child.
There are many ways to find either a general dentist who treats young children or a pediatric dentist who only treats children.
Families will need to find a dentist that takes their dental coverage. While some dentists may accept the family’s dental coverage, they may not be accepting new patients at the time. Encourage your clients to keep calling different dentists until they find one that will see their child. If help is needed, see the list above for suggestions on who might be able to assist.
If your client doesn’t have dental coverage, they can get low cost or free care at dental safety net providers throughout Rhode Island.