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What Makes a Pediatric Dentist Different from a General Dentist? | Best Kids Dentist - New York Kids Dentist

Last updated 6 years ago

Dental care is as important to your child’s health as regular medical checkups are, and you have a variety of choices when it comes to who will be handling your children's dentistry needs. 

A pediatric dentist differs from a general dentist in a variety of ways:

  • Pediatric dentists have special training in children's dentistry. These specialists have studied tooth eruption and the spacing issues that may arise with the mixed dentition of children. They also are aware of special problems associated with children's teeth, such as issues caused by pacifier use, bottles, and juice consumption.


  • A children's dentist is experienced with children’s behavior. Kids can be shy, silly, nervous, or afraid during their dental appointments. Pediatric dentists know how to handle the fears, emotions, and actions of children by being patient and understanding.


  • Young kids aren't the only patients that pediatric dentists see. Children’s dentists also treat preteens and teenagers who want to make sure their smiles look good but may not have the best oral health habits. These dentists also understand the importance of pediatric orthodontics for kids who are demonstrating malocclusion.


  • Pediatric dental offices are specially designed with kids in mind. Most kids’ dentists offer comfortable waiting rooms with games, exam rooms with TVs, and cool paintings to look at. They may offer treats that kids love, like balloons, toys from a treasure chest, and neat toothbrushes and floss for a job well done. Some even offer special incentives for kids, such as getting their nails painted while they have their teeth cleaned!

If you are looking for a pediatric dentistry office to take care of your child's teeth, contact Best Kids Dentist. Our children's dentist will give your kids quality care while treating them kindly and with compassion. Call (718) 491-5300 to schedule your appointment.


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