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What’s the Difference Between a Family and Pediatric Dentist?

Your baby is growing up, and pretty soon their baby teeth will be sprouting out. Taking care of their oral health and maintaining good oral hygiene is critical to having a healthy smile now and in the future. When their first baby teeth have erupted, visiting a dentist is essential to ensure their teeth get examined and assessed.

You know a dental visit is due but how do you know which dentist to take your child to? Have you ever heard the terms a family dentist and a pediatric dentist be thrown your way when you inquire about a dentist? Chances are you have, and it’s not always an easy decision to choose when you have your entire family to consider.

So, what is the difference between the two?

Family Dentist

A family dentist is a dentist who specializes in a range of dental services for all ages, children to adults. They are trained and know how to do dental cleanings and fillings even more specialized procedures such as crowns and sealants. They are the dentist the entire family can visit in all stages of their life to get their oral health needs met.

Pediatric Dentist

They are the pediatricians in the dental field. A pediatric dentist has 2 – 3 years of specialized training in oral health for children from infancy to their adolescent years. They have trained and knowledge of

  • A wide range of dental treatment to care for a child’s teeth, gum, and mouth which includes
    • Infant oral exam
    • Preventative dental care (i.e., dental cleanings and diet/nutrition recommendations)
    • Behavior counseling (based on habits and health)
    • Assessment of orthodontic treatment (usually starts at the age of 7)
    • Dental treatment
    • Care for dental injuries  
  • Approaches and how to treat a child to make them feel comfortable.

They are focused on treating only children so; pediatric dentist knows children are very different from adults. They know children behave and react differently when getting treatment and they know children have to get their own needs met to ease the anxiety and proceed with their surgery.

Even though you’re the entire family can not visit a pediatric dentist, a specialized dentist can help better treat the dental needs of your child. At A Kids Place Dentistry, we have pediatric dentists who are dedicated to ensuring your child receives the best dental care they deserve while ensuring their comfort and safety.

If you haven’t seen a dentist or it’s time for your annual check-up then fill out this form here to book your appointment now.  


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