Total Child Care

What Is Total Child Care

Total Child Care is a unique approach to children’s dentistry that is advocated by Dr. Ammar Idlibi at Kids Dental Care in Bristol and Windsor, CT after years of education, training, and experience.

A child’s mouth is a gateway to the whole body and gives an experienced specialist much information regarding the child’s well being. Many systemic conditions can be manifested in the mouth (the oral cavity). For example, there are blood disorders or certain syndromes that can adversely affect both primary (baby) and permanent (adult) teeth and their supporting tissues. Such conditions may or may not have been detected, and it becomes incumbent upon the Pediatric Dentist to recognize their oral manifestations, come up with a differential diagnosis, and refer the child to the proper specialist. In the past 14 years of practicing as a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Ammar referred many of his children patients to different kinds specialists including; an oral pathologist, an oral surgeon, a nutritionist, an allergist, an ENT specialist, a pediatrician and even a child psychologist.

The highest quality of dental care under the sun: how do we do it?

As a Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Ammar is trained to treat almost all dental needs of children and adolescents up to the age of 21. However, there are certain cases that may require intervention by other dental specialists in order to provide your child with the highest specialized dental care. The bottom line is if we know of another specialist who can do a better job in treating a certain delicate or sophisticated dental need for your child, we will send you there! Besides referring to medical specialists, Dr. Ammar has referred many of his patients in past years to other dental specialists such as an Endodontist, a Prosthodontist, an Orthodontist, an oral surgeon, even a TMJ specialist. We do the research for you and we will guide you to where your child will be best taken care of under the sun.

Orthodontic Treatment (braces)

A well trained Pediatric Dental specialist is a dentist who received clinical training (in a residency or specialty post-graduate program) in all the aspects of children’s dental needs. This includes additional training in the field of Orthodontics for children (braces). Dr. Ammar had the privilege of receiving his post-graduate specialty training from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, which has a strong Orthodontic component in its curriculum. Additionally, Dr. Ammar attended numerous continuing education courses in the field of Orthodontics and has extensive experience in providing orthodontic treatment to children of all ages for over a decade. Dr. Ammar is highly trained and experienced in early treatment of malocclusion (early braces), functional appliances (growth and muscular modification), and bio-progressive therapy. Some complex Orthodontic cases (such as surgical orthognathic cases) are better treated by a qualified orthodontist and when we spot such case, we will make sure that you are referred to the best orthodontist we know of. Again, we do the research for you, and if we know of an orthodontist who can do a better job, we will send you there!

How can I tell if my child is receiving high quality care?

It is usually difficult for an average dental patient (or a parent) to evaluate the quality of dental treatment, especially if poor dental treatment did not result in any immediate symptoms or discomfort. In many cases, poor quality dental treatment can go unnoticed by the dental patient for years until symptoms arise, but by then, it may be too late to repair the damage. The best judge to evaluate the quality of dental care is another qualified dental professional. This is why Dr. Ammar may encourage a second opinion in certain cases. We are so confident of what we are offering your child, that we will take the time to educate you on what quality treatment means and how to recognize it. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

What does it mean to be Board Certified?

The Mission of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is to verify to the public and to the health professions that a pediatric dentist has successfully completed both an advanced educational program accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation and a voluntary examination process designed to validate the knowledge, application, and performance requisite to the delivery of proficient care in pediatric dentistry.

The Board is recognized by the American Dental Association and is required to report annually to the American Dental Association Council on Dental Education and to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (Requirements for Recognition of Dental Specialties and National Certifying Boards for Dental Specialists, October 1995). Dr. Ammar was first certified by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in September, 1994 and was re-certified in October, 2004.