The Difference Between General / Family Dentists and Pediatric Dentists

Pediatric dentists, like the four at Kids Smiles, are dental specialists who focus on treating infants to adolescents. We are the pediatricians of dentistry. In this blog we explain the difference between adult or family dentists and pediatric dentists.

As pediatric dentists, we required two to three years of specialized training following dental school and have knowledge of and an aptitude for treating the unique needs of infants, children, adolescents, and young patients with special health care needs.

A general dentist is allowed to treat patients of any age. However, just as in general medicine, there are complex conditions that require the expertise of a pediatric dentist. A Pediatric dentist will monitor the growth and development of your child’s teeth and bite, as they have expert knowledge in childhood dental developmental stages. They provide comprehensive early detection and treatment of cavities or any dental concerns. Pediatric dentists are also specifically trained on relating to infants, children, and teenagers during procedures and explanations of proper oral health care. Pediatric dentists are also trained to provide fluoride treatments and dental sealants to children.
Dr. Frank Sierra adds, “One of our mottos is that We offer kinder, gentler dentistry for kids and teens.’ At Kids Smiles, we understand that children have unique dental needs and that going to the dentist can sometimes be seen as a stressful experience. This is why we have Pediatric dentists who specialize in handling these needs.”
The waiting room and exam rooms at a pediatric dentist is also usually specially designed for the comfort of children. Dr. Mark Dawoud shares, “Our Kids Smiles locations were designed specifically for children and early teens. It includes open bays, private treatment areas, accessible games, toys, and family movies. We treat children with respect and explain every step of their dental care in age-appropriate, child-friendly terms.”
At Kids Smiles it is always our goal that your child develops and maintains a positive association with dental care and we do everything we can to create a pleasant, supportive, and fun environment. Although it may seem convenient to bring the whole family to the same dentist, the experience and service from a pediatric dentist have major benefits.











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