One of the most common questions we get at our pediatric dental office is, “how is a pediatric dentist different than a family dentist?” Before we discuss the differences of these two dental professionals, let’s focus on what makes them similar.
Both pediatric and family dentists hold a bachelor’s degree and have completed four years of dental school. They have learned the ins and outs of the teeth, gum, and mouth and are skilled at performing a variety of treatments such as dental exams, extractions, fillings, crowns, and more. Pediatric and general dentists have a thorough understanding of what is necessary to help patients achieve optimal oral health.
Pediatric dentists, however, has two to three years of additional specialty training that they received after graduating dental school. While family dentists are trained to provide dental care to children, teens, adults, and seniors, pediatric dentists are focused on serving children of all ages.
They learn a number of techniques and treatments that are specifically performed on children. In addition, they gain experience in working with children and easing any anxiety or stress they may experience in a dental chair. Pediatric dentists are skilled at helping infants, toddlers, children, and teen achieve healthy smiles that last a lifetime. They are also experts in working with children who have disabilities such as autism and ADHD.
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