Family Dentist vs Pediatric Dentist

February 18, 2021

Have you been looking for a good dentist for your child? There are many things you’ should consider. Of course you want your childrens teeth in the best condition they can be, but you also want your child to be comfortable at the dentist. O

Have you been looking for a good dentist for your child? There are many things you’ should consider. Of course you want your childrens teeth in the best condition they can be, but you also want your child to be comfortable at the dentist. One common question we here a lot of is, “Should I take my child to a family dentist or a pediatric dentist?” Clubhouse PD can help you decide which one is best for your child.

What is a Family Dentist?

A family dentist provide a range of services to people of all ages. A family dentist might have some special dentistry skills, but they typically focus on the more general issues: reducing plaque buildup around teeth, eliminating tooth decay, filling cavities, and keeping gums healthy. For anything else, a family dentist will often refer you to a specialist.

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

A pediatric dentist will have attended a four year dental school in addition to receiving a bachelor's degree. A pediatric dentists does this, but attends an additional two to three years of training. This training teaches the dentist how to deal with children’s behavior, make kids feel comfortable, and treat the unique dental needs and issues of children. Pediatric dentists also receive training and qualifications for treating children with special needs.

When you go to a pediatric dentist, you will notice that their offices tend to revolve around kids. This is to help the children feel more comfortable. They might have a play area in the waiting room. They also might use smaller dental tools that look more kid-friendly. The dentist will also explain the procedure to the kids in a manner they can understand.

Advantages of a Family Dentist

  • You and your child can visit the same dentist
  • Family Dentist are typically comfortable treating children, even if they have less experience with kids than pediatric dentists
  • Family Dentist can sometimes provide different specialties in their office

Advantages of a Pediatric Dentist

  • Pediatric dentist have an additional 2-3 years of training specialized in treating children
  • Pediatric dentist have more experience with kids
  • Pediatric dentist offices tend to be designed around kids
  • Pediatric dentist use smaller and more kid-friendly dental tools
  • Pediatric dentist have more knowledge in preventative care for kids
  • Pediatric dentist are better equipped to provide optimal care for children with special needs

Making the Final Decision

If you’re still not sure which is best for your child, the best thing you can do is schedule a consultation. Speak with a quality pediatric dentist and a family dentist, visit their offices, and see which feels right to you. Here at Clubhouse Pediatric, we would love to schedule a consultation with you.