Question: My son is 18 months of age and I been told he should see a dentist for a regular dental check up. However, I am not sure if he can just go to our family dentist or does he have to see a pediatric dentist.
Answer: This is a common question for parents to ask. For the same reason you do not take your child to your own internist, you take her to a pediatrician. Children are not miniature adults. Their bodies are very different, and so are their teeth. A pediatric dentist has expertise in those differences.