Many parents ask the question, “Why should my child see a pediatric dentist instead of a general dentist?” And it’s a fair question. Teeth are teeth, right? Well… yes, but it’s not that simple. Just like a pediatrician is trained in the specific development and growth of little bodies, pediatric dentists know everything about the teeth and mouth development of your kiddo.
When it comes to kids, we’re experts
Everyone knows that to become a dentist, it takes brains and a lot of schooling. But did you know that pediatric dentists have even more training AFTER their college and dental school are completed? Pediatric dentists are specially trained to work on patients of all ages from infants, children, and teens. 2-3 years of additional training make pediatric dentists experts in the dental development and potential dental problems that children may face. We all want the very best when it comes to our kids. That’s why choosing a pediatric dentist over a general dentist ensures that they will get the very best care.
Fun is always a priority
At Alamo Heights, our staff is compassionate, and our technology is state-of-the-art. The office is specially designed to be fun and engaging for young people. We know that visiting the dentist’s office can be scary or overwhelming for some patients, so we always focus on making the experience as enjoyable as possible. Whether your kiddo likes to chat or is a little bit shy, our staff knows how to talk to kids to make them feel safe and comfortable. We’re not just experts in tiny teeth, we’re experts in fun!
Training and experience with kids with special needs
Another big plus when it comes to pediatric dentists is our training in working with children who have special needs. We take time to talk to the parents about the specific ways to work with their child. We have years of experience working with kids who may need accommodations to feel more comfortable. Giving each and every child the special care they need to achieve a healthy happy smile is always our priority.
Prepared for specific pediatric dental problems
Additionally, there are some specific issues that general dentists just aren’t trained to address. From thumb sucking to baby teeth, pediatric dentists can help prepare parents for dental problems and milestones that most children face. We know that when we’re treating a child, it’s not just the patient that needs our attention. We do our best to always keep parents up to date with exactly what their child is going through developmentally and what to expect.
As parents, it’s normal to question why things are done a certain way. Hopefully, now you understand the importance of choosing a pediatric dentist for your little ones. When your child is in our dental chair, they’re our number one priority! To make an appointment, or if you have any questions about choosing a pediatric, call us today!