There is a pediatric dentist in my town, but he is pretty pricey. Plus, I find his personality a little too abrasive for my taste. Is there really a significant difference between a regular dentist and a pediatric dentist?
Emily J. – Montana
A pediatric dentist does two extra years of dental training that are specific to children. Therefore, some parents choose to go to a specialist because the added training gives them peace of mind. However, many parents have found that there child was more receptive at their regular family dentist.
A general dentist is qualified to treat children. The advantages are the dentist treats the whole family, which gives him some insight into the dental genetics of your family and can keep an eye out for issues that are unique to your family.
If any treatment issues arise that require a specialist, your family dentist could easily give you a referral to someone else as needed.
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