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Jenkins Dentistry for Kids: Creating the Best Experience Possible for Children

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Q: What makes a pediatric dentist different?

A: Pediatric dentists have chosen to limit their practice to treating only children by attending a two- to three-year residency program after completing dental school. Some will additionally choose to complete a rigorous set of examinations to become board certified as well. This advanced training makes pediatric dentists the experts in oral health for children. Good oral health habits are important to establish, even as early as infancy. By establishing a dental home early, your pediatric dentist can develop individualized care plans and build lifelong relationships with your child. Your pediatric dentist also has advanced training with different approaches to treatment. Children have unique challenges when it comes to the sights, sounds and flavors of the dental office. By incorporating different types of distraction techniques, positive redirection and different levels of sedation options, pediatric dentists can complete treatment in a way that best serves each child’s needs.

Q: What should I do if my child has a dental emergency?

A: Dental accidents can happen anywhere, anytime. Knowing what to do can sometimes mean the difference between saving and losing your child’s permanent tooth. Pediatric dentists are available to their patients on call after hours to aid in any unfortunate emergency situations. If you have concerns for your child after a fall or bump, first call your pediatric dentist for advice. Some situations like a broken tooth to the nerve or lost permanent tooth require immediate attention. If a permanent tooth is lost or knocked out, time is of the essence. It is important to locate the lost permanent tooth and keep it moistened by placing the tooth in milk or a tooth preservation liquid or inside the cheek for an older child who won’t swallow it. Call the dentist immediately or seek care at a children’s emergency room that has a dentist on call.


Dr. Jill Jenkins is a highly respected pediatric dentist and owner of Jenkins Dentistry for Kids. With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Jenkins has dedicated her career to promoting children’s oral health and well-being. A former president of the Kansas Dental Association and delegate for the American Dental Association, she has played a pivotal role in advancing dental care standards at state and national levels. Dr. Jenkins is renowned for her commitment to cultivating a positive and joyful environment for her treasured patients and team. Dr. Jenkins remains dedicated to continuous growth for herself and her practice by incorporating leadership training, new treatment initiatives and constant personal and professional education to ensure the highest quality of care for the young patients they serve.

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