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What’s The Difference Between A Dentist & A Pediatric Dentist?

You have probably heard the terms general dentistry and pediatric dentistry before. Many people believe these two areas of dentistry are the same, when in fact, they are quite different. Children’s Dental & Orthodontics in Dallas wants to set the record straight. As a pediatric dentistry, we have the experience and knowledge to explain the difference. Continue reading to learn more!

General Dentists

General dentists treat a range of dental patients and problems. General dentistry is not specific, meaning a general dentist has not specialized in a specific dental field like endodontics or orthodontics. Normally, a general dentist, also sometimes referred to as a family dentist, treats the whole family. They treat patients as young as children through adults. Their primary services include regular cleanings, removal of tooth decay, fillings, cavities, and supporting overall gum health. If a patient is seeing a general dentist and has a more serious issue, your dentist will most likely refer you to a specialist, as they cannot do it themselves.

Pediatric Dentists

All pediatric dentists are general dentists, but all general dentists are not pediatric dentists. This is the main difference between the two. Pediatric dentists have to endure a similar schooling process with four years of dental school. But, this is where general dentists stop. Pediatric dentists must continue additional schooling for two or three years in order to specialize in pediatric dentistry. Through these additional studies, pediatric dentists are trained to treat child specific issues, child behavior, and children with special needs. This means that your pediatric dentist has really gone the extra lengths to protect and care for children’s mouths and teeth.

Which Dentist Is Better?

In reality, neither a general dentist nor a pediatric dentist is better than the other. It truly depends on the patient and what you are looking for. When choosing a dentist for your child or your family, we recommend visiting the dental practice in person. Most dental offices will allow a preliminary visit to speak with the dentists, the staff, and to get to know the office. You can then decide if you are comfortable or not, and if it is the right choice for your family.

Some differences you may notice between a general dentistry office and a pediatric dentistry office is the child focus. Of course, pediatric dentists are completely dedicated to children. Normally, their offices have toys and games, and it might be brightly colored. Also, they may have smaller appliances and facilities like the bathrooms, to accommodate children of all ages. Differently, a general dentist caters to all ages, and a majority of patients may be adults. In the end, it all comes down to your comfort level and your child’s comfort. Pick a dentist that is right for you!

Call Children’s Dental & Orthodontics Today!

Are you interested in hearing more about pediatric dentistry for your child? Call or visit Children’s Dental & Orthodontics in Dallas today. Our friendly staff and experienced dentists are more than happy to answer your questions and concerns. We want you and child to feel completely comfortable at our office. To schedule your first appointment, contact Children’s Dental & Orthodontics today!