NoPo Kids Dentistry

4548 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217, USA

(971) 978-0009
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  • Reviewed by Alissa Sobo Tue Feb 12 2019
    This was the second time we had seen this dentist. The first time, they went on for a long while about food, but this second time, my mother went with my kids, so I wasn't there. Over the dinner table, my daughter volunteered this thought: "When the other kids eat raisins at school for snack, I'm not going to, because the dentist said they were bad." I emailed the doctor giving her feedback that my daughter had taken away this horrifying idea from their food lectures, and that perhaps if they wanted to discuss nutrition so deeply, that they get trauma and eating disorder-informed training. Because diet doesn't occur in a vacuum... there are already social messages being sent to children about food and body size.. and to ignore this just to talk about cavity reduction is naive. This dentist, Dr. Whitman, called me the morning after I sent the feedback via their system, and she was incredibly defensive. She seemingly wanted to call to convince me that talking about food with young children was a totally great idea. She also wanted to convince me that no one has ever complained about it before so why did I complain? At some point I even had to say.. "Why did you call me?" Eating disorders are on the rise in children, and perhaps pediatric dentists aren't really helping that, even if they feel like discussing food could help cavity reduction.