Growing Smiles

Kelli Henderson dds (785) 856-5600
1425 Wakarusa Drive, Suite D
Lawrence, KS 66049

Why See a Pediatric Dentist

Why Pediatric Dentistry?

The difference between a family dentist and a pediatric dentist is important to understand as a parent. Selecting a dentist for your child is an important decision that should be researched and analyzed carefully. There are many reasons to choose a pediatric dentist, including:

Additional Training Specializing in Treatment of Children. . .

Pediatric dentists are the “pediatricians of dentistry.” A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits her practice to treating children only. See the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists for more information.

In addition to four years of dental school after completing her undergraduate degree, Dr. Henderson has completed a one-year general practice residency at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and a two-year pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. To learn more about Dr. Henderson, click here

Specially Trained to Understand Children’s Needs. . .

Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. Pediatric dentists receive postdoctoral training in child psychology, behavior modification and pharmacology. Pediatric dentists also undergo yearly training and re-certification and strive to stay up to date with the most recent developments in technology and patient care.

An Environment Designed for Children’s Dentistry. . .

Dr. Henderson understands that a child’s visit to the dentist can be challenging for both the patient and the parent. However, the Growing Smiles team members and Dr. Henderson will ensure that each visit is pleasant in an effort to establish trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Dr. Henderson has specifically designed her office to accommodate the needs of children and those patients with special needs.

Dental Education for the Parent and Child. . .

Pediatric dentists are an excellent source for providing information about oral health. Dr. Henderson and the Growing Smiles team members place a special emphasis on teaching preventative dental habits to each patient. Regular dental visits and preventative hygiene are the keys to good oral health!

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