What is the Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a Family Dentist?

It goes without saying that parents of small children are BUSY! Between school and sports and family obligations, it seems there is never a spare moment. With everything already going on, you may wonder: Is taking my child to a special pediatric dentist really necessary?

The answer is a resounding YES!

As the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry explains, “Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry.” Following dental school, a pediatric dentist completes 2 – 3 years of residency training in dentistry for infants, children, teens, and children with special needs. A pediatric dentist focuses his/her practice solely on treating children, from infants through teenagers. Their specialized training makes them uniquely qualified to address both the emotional and physical needs of children.

In addition to this specialized training, pediatric dentists know how to communicate with and treat children in ways that put the child at ease. As the American Academy of Pediatrics explains, children are not just small adults. They are not always able to remain calm and cooperative during a dental exam. Pediatric dentists are experts at communicating with small children—happily and patiently answering questions and taking the time to make sure their pint-sized patients understand exactly what is going on.

Finally, a pediatric dentist’s office is just plain FUN—a happy, brightly colored oasis designed with kids in mind! A pediatric dentist’s child-centric environment helps patients and their families feel welcomed and relaxed during their visit. For example, our office in Tysons Corner, Virginia is equipped with the latest dental technology, entertainment stations, and a salt water aquarium.