February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. A common question that many parents have when choosing a dental provider for their kids is what is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist? While it is possible for a general dentist to treat children, there are three important factors you should know that distinguish pediatric dentists from general dentists:
Pediatric dentists receive more training with kids.
Pediatric dentists are like the pediatricians of dentistry. After four years of dental school, pediatric dentists go through an additional 2-3 years of training at a pediatric dental residency that focuses exclusively on caring for kids, teens and individuals with special needs or who are medically compromised. During this time, they learn about the unique growth and development of children’s teeth, jaws, and facial structures to ensure that development proceeds normally and to spot any potential problems before they get serious. In addition, they also get extensive experience learning different techniques that help children feel comfortable from the very first visit. This extra training translates into more positive dental visits for your kids and a heightened focus on prevention.
Pediatric dentists have an office environment geared toward children.
Pediatric dental offices are designed to help kids feel welcomed and comfortable for their appointment. At Affiliated Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics (APDO), we have a safari themed office with murals on the walls, a tree house in the lobby, iPads and movies throughout the office—all with the intent of making the office a fun adventure for our kids! We want all of our families to be excited to return for their next visit.
Pediatric staff have extensive experience working with kids.
Since pediatric dental practices primarily treat children, the dental assistants, hygienists and front office have a lot of practice connecting with kids and helping them feel comfortable. We know that for a child, the dentist’s office can be a scary place. Without the proper care and attention from all team members, it’s easy for kids to develop a long-standing fear of going to the dentist. This can make the treatment process difficult and uncomfortable for everyone. At APDO, some of our assistants and hygienists have been treating kids for more than 30 years! It is very important to us that your child receives the specialized care they need in a friendly, welcoming environment, helping to ensure they stay comfortable and happy throughout their visit.
At APDO our mission is to provide the premier dental experience for every family that walks through our doors. For years, we have had the privilege of helping countless children throughout Scottsdale and greater Phoenix achieve healthy, beautiful smiles while cultivating a positive view of going to the dentist. If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist in Scottsdale, we would love for you to experience the difference at APDO- request a consultation online today!