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Looking for a Children’s Dentist

If you’re looking for the perfect dentist for your family and want to establish a “dental home,” you might be wondering what the difference is between a pediatric dentist (also known as a children’s dentist) and a general dentist.

The first thing to keep in mind is that all dentists can treat children. Dentists hold DDS, DMD, or BDS degrees, with no distinction for adults or children. All dentistry school instruction entails studying the developmental stages of mouth growth.  This can be from the first tooth poking through until the last ones fall out.  

Pediatric dentistry, often known as children’s dentistry, is a dental specialty recognized by dental regulatory organizations worldwide. If a dentist has completed additional training specific to children, they can call themselves pediatric dentist. This can help them know how to speak to children on their level and help children understand things better. 

Children’s Dentists

Children need to receive the same dental checkups and dental cleanings from a general dentist as a pediatric dentist. They can also offer advice and education to both children and their parents. This can be things like proper dental hygiene habits and offer food and nutritional suggestions. This instruction aids in preventing juvenile dental caries, which is the medical word for tooth decay or cavities in children’s teeth, and leads to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Even if a general dentist’s business serves both adults and children, you’ll typically find that dentists make an effort to accommodate patients of all ages. The office could contain a toy basket, entertaining picture books, or even video games. They might have a kids’ corner or perhaps an entire playroom. All of these kid-friendly details make kids feel welcome and at ease visiting the dentist. It’s likely that they help parents relax as well. Many offices provide adult patients with beverages such as coffee, tea, or water, as well as a selection of magazines to read while they wait.

Why Do Dentists Choose to be Pediatric Dentists?

Many pediatric dentists choose the field because they enjoy working with children. They have the disposition and patience necessary to work with kids. On the other hand, many general dentists like seeing patients of all ages, including adults, children, teenagers, and the elderly. It’s incredibly wonderful to watch a patient develop from their first tooth to maturity. A general dentist can do that and even begin treating their patients’ children.

For the sake of convenience, many families choose to have both adults and children visit the same dentist. This gives the family dentist the advantage of knowing each family member’s oral health history. This may even allow parents and children to undergo check-ups at the same time. If you’re a first-time parent and your child’s first check-up is approaching (6 months after the first tooth or by age one, by the way), contact the dentist to schedule an appointment. Call today, and we would be happy to assist you with your child’s very first dental appointment.