Pediatric Dentists vs. General Dentists
So, what is really different about your general dentist vs. a pediatric dentist? Aside from the obvious that pediatric dentists work with kids, what sets them apart from general dentists, and is it worth taking your child to see one?
The best way to answer these questions is by posing another question: Would you rather take your child to see a pediatrician or a family care physician? Your answer to this question says a lot. Yes, both pediatric dentists and general dentists can see children, however, pediatric dentists are specialists (like pediatricians) who have received an additional 2-3 years of training in all areas of infant, child, and adolescent oral health, and, in some cases, an additional degree (as in Dr. Baker’s case) in pediatric dentistry. General dentists do not receive the same level of training when it comes to caring for children (including those with special needs), although some may have had additional training after dental school working with patients with varying healthcare needs.
Furthermore, pediatric dentists typically have established relationships with child specialists including pediatricians and speech pathologists, which creates a network of health professionals dedicated to your child’s overall health.
In addition, pediatric dentists know that a child’s behavior can influence their dental visit, which is why they are better equipped to provide a more soothing environment for your child. Pediatric dentists understand that communication is key to providing a positive experience for your child. They are happy to answer questions during treatment to ensure that your child understands what is happening during their procedure. This approach helps your child feel more comfortable in an unfamiliar setting while also learning how to reach good oral health.
Lastly, a pediatric dental office is dedicated to treating children, which is why their office is decorated using bright colors and has an overabundance of games and toys. Our goal is to help your child reach good oral health while having fun and an enjoyable experience at the same time.