When to See a Pediatric Dentist
If it is time for your child’s first dentist appointment, you may be wondering whether you should see a pediatric dentist or general dentist. The answer depends on the type of dental care your child needs and whether or not they require a dentist with specialized pediatric training.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are trained to care for dental problems that specifically apply to children, such as dental development problems and procedures on adult teeth that haven’t fully formed. Typically, pediatric dentists have completed two extra years of training in dentistry for infants, children, teens, and children with special needs, in addition to four years of dental school.
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
A pediatric dentist provides the same services as a general or family dentist including exams, cleanings, filling cavities or pulling teeth. But under some circumstances, you may want a pediatric dentist because of their special training. These circumstances include:
- Your child’s teeth are coming in crooked or the bite is uneven
- Cavities are forming below the gum in the adult teeth beneath their baby teeth
- Your child has special medical conditions, including heart, respiratory or blood disorders
- Your child’s baby teeth aren’t coming in or falling out when they normally would
- Your child loses a tooth (or teeth) due to accident or injury
Should Your Child Visit a General or Pediatric Dentist?
Visit Kool Smiles. After your child’s first appointment with a general dentist, we’ll let you know if your child needs to see a specialist. Although not all of our dentists are pediatric specialists, you won’t have to worry about finding a dentist who is great with kids. At Kool Smiles, all of our dentists are dedicated to making children feel safe and comfortable during their appointment.
Ready to make an appointment? Find a Kool Smiles near you or call us today at (855) 854-3621.