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Should My Child See a Pediatric Dentist?
January 29, 2020

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Children are most commonly treated by general dentists who have been treating the entire family, but should your child be seeing a pediatric dentist while still in development? A pediatric dentist treats children from infancy through the teenage years and is particularly helpful with special needs children and adults. A pediatric dentist is just like a general dentist when it comes to preventative dentistry, regular cleanings, and treatments (cavity sealant). While a pediatric dentist performs the same tasks as a general dentist, there are a few aspects that differ.

General Dentist

  • Well-established relationship with entire family
  • Preventative dentistry (cleanings twice a year, X-rays, fluoride)
  • Repair tooth cavities
  • Diagnose and treat oral conditions associated with disease (diabetes)

Pediatric Dentist

  • Two or three additional years of training with an emphasis on child psychology, growth and development
  • Focus on certain age group (1-18)
  • Preventative dentistry (cleanings twice a year, X-rays, fluoride)
  • Habit counseling (pacifier and thumb sucking)
  • Orthodontics
  • Repair tooth cavities
  • Treat dental development difficulties (root canals on adult teeth that are not fully formed)
  • Management of conditions (pediatric periodontal disease, tongue-tie)

There is no right or wrong practice when it comes to using a general dentist or a pediatric dentist, but there are benefits to using a pediatric dentist and then switching to a general when the time comes. When deciding whether or not your child should see a pediatric dentist during the ages of development, take into account the additional benefits that go along with having a dentist who specializes in a specific age group compared to the benefit of having an established relationship with the family and child.

If you are asking yourself “should my child see a pediatric dentist?”, the decision comes down to personal preference. Both general and pediatric dentists are a good option for your child.

Dear patients,

With the recent concerns of the spread of COVID-19, Coronavirus, we at The Dental Care Center, wanted you to know that we are doing everything possible to keep our employees and you, our patients, safe while delivering the best dental experience possible.

Effective immediately through April 15th, the services offered by The Dental Care Center will only be available to those experiencing dental emergencies.

Our offices may be operating under a modified schedule so we ask that you contact our office to schedule an appointment. All non-emergency appointments will be scheduled after April 15th. If you currently have an appointment scheduled with us, a member of our team will contact you to reschedule.

We have a full team in place via phone or live chat to assist patients with scheduling future appointments.

What We’re Doing

We are monitoring and following all guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which includes taking the necessary steps to reduce the threat of COVID-19 exposure to employees and patients. Rest assured that we ALWAYS employ the highest standards of disinfection and sterilization to protect our patients from any potential contamination or infection. These regular procedures have been supplemented in recent days due to added concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus. In addition to our usual procedures, we will perform infrared temperature screening for patients and team members effective immediately. We have also increased the frequency of cleaning duties to disinfect shared surfaces in the waiting room and around the office such as counters, doorknobs, and seating areas. We are requesting that patients limit the number of family members that accompany them to their appointment. We are also screening patients as they make appointments to try to identify high-risk individuals and carriers before they even enter our office.

Our Mission

At the Dental Care Center, we want our patients to feel confident that their safety is our top priority and that we are taking reasonable measures to make this office one of the least likely places to be exposed to this new threat.

We are committed to serving you and your families. You are our patients, part of our family, and together we will get through this situation.

The Dental Care Center