Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist Instead of a General Dentist

As your children’s teeth develop, it’s time to start thinking about their dental care. It’s important that you choose the right care for your child’s smile, including the type of dentist. There are family dentists, which may seem like the most convenient option – but not necessarily the best option for your child’s dental care. You may be surprised to learn that there are a lot of differences between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist.

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist

A pediatric dentist knows as much as a general dentist – and more. In medical school, a pediatric dentist studies an additional two to three years to learn about child development, child psychology, childhood diseases, children with special needs, and more.

From the time they are teething babies until they are adults, kids’ mouths are constantly changing. Pediatric dentists spend extra time specializing in caring for children because there is a lot happening in the mouths – and minds – of adolescents.

Pediatric dentists study child psychology as it plays an important role in the field. Children often have fears or anxiety about the dentist, and knowing the psychology of a child can help ease those fears at a visit for future visits to come.

Check out our infographic that compares pediatric dentists to general dentists:

Pediatric Dentist versus Regular Dentists Infographic by Harrisburg Pediatric Dentistry

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