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Why Does a Dental Referral Take Place?

A pediatric dentist focuses on the unique, special needs of children — from eruption of your child’s first tooth to recommendations about braces and wisdom teeth.

When a family dentist refers a child to Dr. Hammond, it indicates extra care and caution is needed. Dr. Hammond is trained to deliver communication to parents and children. She will use language and skilled communication to explain procedures and equipment to younger children. She knows how to create a positive dental experience for each child she serves. She is highly trained and experienced in children’s oral health.



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About Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentists specialize in the care of primary teeth and the unique emotional needs of young children. Unlike adult teeth, baby teeth can decay quickly — making them more susceptible to large areas of decay. Dr. Hammond has the right skills and tools necessary to treat primary teeth, so they can stay healthier longer.

Children’s emotional needs also differ from that of adult patients — especially if fear, anxiety and developmental needs exist. Dr. Hammond has training and experience in behavioral management techniques that make it easier to work more efficiently with young children, i.e. distraction, minimal sedation and nitrous oxide.

A family dentist may not be equipped to provide anything beyond routine care, while Dr. Hammond has years of experience managing cases that involve many special needs, including ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, among other needs.

Through the referral process, Dr. Hammond and her team understand that your family is unique and will make the experience less stressful for your child and you as a parent, so you can RELAX!

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