The pediatric dentist is a specialist who focuses on the oral health of children. These dentists are usually pediatricians who completed a general dentistry residency and then focused on the care of children. This specialized training makes them experts at treating children from infancy to the age of 18 because they will have a better understanding of your child’s development and needs as they grow and change. They are also experienced and trained in dealing with children with special needs and can help provide a safe and calm environment while providing excellent dental care.
What is the difference between a General Dentist and a Pediatric Dentist?
A general dentist and a pediatric dentist are both dental professionals but have different areas of expertise. A general dentist is typically trained to treat adults and seniors, while a pediatric dentist is trained in the area of dental care for children and adolescents. Most general dentists will concern themselves with adult care including tooth restoration, implants, dentures, and other major dental procedures. Alternatively, pediatric dentists will focus on the health of developing gums, teeth, and oral tissues.
Benefits of Seeing a Pediatric Dentist
Experience with Children
Visiting the dentist can be stressful for kids and parents, especially when they don’t know or understand what to expect. All Kids Dental of Suffolk provides comfortable and kid-friendly areas from the moment you step in the door. Dr. Joe and Dr. Brett have trained for years to understand the concerns of children and teens and address them with care and compassion. Our goal is to make sure your child has healthy teeth and is comfortable returning to our office for regular visits. Trust us, there’s nothing we haven’t seen when it comes to children. Our team of dentists and dental assistants has years of experience providing dental care and being parents and caregivers themselves.
Increased Awareness of Childhood Issues
Some common habits like thumb sucking and teeth grinding can lead to serious dental issues both as children and in adulthood. These and other common childhood issues can be easily missed by a general dentist. Pediatric dentists are always on the lookout for signs of potential issues and can help you and your child create solutions to improve their oral hygiene and habits.
Understanding Child Growth and Changes
Natural growth and puberty cause a child’s body to change significantly and rapidly. For instance, a child’s entire jaw can move and change shape as the child grows in adulthood. As all these changes occur, you will need a dentist that is prepared to address your child’s needs. Simply having different-sized dental instruments to fit your child’s mouth and teeth is something that most general dentists aren’t equipped for. Our goal is to make sure your child has healthy teeth & gums and practices a regular oral hygiene routine including regular brushing and flossing. The experienced All Kids Dental team will make sure that your child will have a happy and healthy smile as he/she reaches adulthood and is ready to make the transition to a general dentist.
Ensure that your child receives the best care possible during all the stages of growth and visit Dr. Joe and Dr. Brett at All Kids Dental in Suffolk.