Your Child’s Wellness: Dentist or Pediatric Dentist?

Seeing a smile on the face of your little one is the most amazing feeling in the world. Even when they are in the middle of making a mess and driving you insane, their little smiles can brighten your entire day and change any mood. When you are upset, they can make you feel better. When you are sad, they can make you feel better. When you are feeling on top of the world, your child’s happy smile can make you feel as if you are so much happier than you ever imagined. Kids are just cool like that. You never want anything to change your little one’s smile, but teeth not cared for can do just that in no time at all.

Poor oral health can lead to issues with your child’s teeth that make them self-conscious and unwilling to show them off. Since their smile is the first thing that other people notice about them, you certainly don’t want them to keep their mouth closed. Smiles are designed to reach eyes and to brighten an entire room. That’s why proper dental care is so important. There is no one more qualified to teach your kids the importance of good oral health care than their dentist. Of course there are dentists everywhere we go, a friend of mine even told me about a brunswick family dental services in Victoria, Australia she went to while her family where on vacation. Now you just have to figure out whether your child needs to see a dentist or a pediatric dentist in Fort Wayne.

What’s The Difference?

The only real difference between a regular Fort Wayne Dentist and a pediatric dentist in Fort Wayne is that a pediatric dentist goes through a few additional years of training following dental school. Additionally, pediatric dentists focus solely on pediatric patients and do not see adults. In the grand scheme of things, the decision is one that you have to make based on your child and his or her personality. Sure, you can see either one and both will take wonderful care of your child’s mouth. It’s just a matter of personal preference, but a list of pros and cons might just help you make a more informed decision.

Pediatric Dentists

– See only children, so you can’t all share the same dentist
– Have offices that cater to children
– Are very good with kids and specialized in their needs


– More of a generalist
– Can be good with kids if you find the right one
– Are family friendly and everyone can see the same dentist

Talk To Your Pediatrician

Wouldn’t it just be amazing if your child’s pediatrician was also his or her all on 4 treatment in nyc certified dentist and you only had to make two trips to the same place all year, rather than a trip here, two trips there and multiple “please don’t be too sick to go to school,” trips in between throughout the year? It’s wishful thinking, but your pediatrician isn’t completely useless when it comes to your child’s oral health.

Your child’s pediatrician might be the best source when it comes to finding the perfect dentist or pediatric dentist for your little ones. Your doctor knows your kids and what they need, prefer and can handle. This makes it possible for him or her to make the best possible recommendation. Additionally, you can ask other parents at the pediatrician, as well as office staff with children of their own. These are people who spend all day long sitting in a doctor’s office listening to patients in the waiting room as they speak; they know which dental facilities parents prefer and which ones they’d like to avoid like the plague.

This guest post contribution is courtesy of Idaho Falls Pediatric Center and Alligator Pediatric Dentistry, the pediatric dentist Idaho Falls has come to trust.

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28 thoughts on “Your Child’s Wellness: Dentist or Pediatric Dentist?

  1. I felt better taking scared kids to a pediatric dentist. Their first visit could mean the difference of a good next appointment or dragging & threatening them. Taking care of their teeth is something they will have to do the rest of theirs lives!

  2. My grandchildren were going to a children’s dentist and had the worst experience with her. Everything she performed on my grandsons tooth was wrong and we had to take him to a specialist for him to fix. Now we had transferred to a different dentist that everyone likes and have had no problems.

  3. I found a good dentist that is great with kids and is a Pediatric dentist. He is not far from my house and has fair prices. I like a Pediatric dentist the best because they are geared to kids!

  4. I brought my kids to my family dentist. I trust him, so I knew my kids would be fine with him.

  5. To be honest, this is the first time I’ve heard o a pediatric dentist. I always went to the one I’ve known for a long time, even with my kids. It’s always awesome to learn these things. Thanks!

  6. I don’t think we have any pediatric dentists here in Northern Ireland, it would be great if we did as Emma is afraid of visiting our dentist and each visit is nerve-wracking for both of us.

    1. Oh that’s a bummer. I think pediatric dentists learn additional skills for dealing with children and their fears. Sorry for your daughter’s struggle. I have always hated the dentist due to a bad experience as a child.

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