Basic Techniques for Management of the Infant and Toddler Dental Patient

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Introduction

As the trend in the reduction of caries in the patient population continues and dentists scramble to find ways to maintain business by attracting new patients to their practice, many ignore a potential source of patients that exist in their practices… the infant and toddler pediatric patient. Introducing the pediatric dental patient during infancy and the toddler stage can have a mutual benefit for the child, parent, and dentist. Behavior modification techniques such as non-traumatic physical restraint and desensitization may be used to gain patient cooperation. Early examination can uncover potential problems thereby reducing future negative consequences of delayed intervention. Informing parents of the advantages of early dental care for their child is the most effective marketing strategy.

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  • Dr. Schwartz was a member of the dentalcare.com Advisory Board.

Disclaimer: Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice. Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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