Pediatric Dentist vs. General Dentist

What’s The Difference?

toddlers playingWhen you have a child or multiple children, it’s often exhausting worrying about and finding the very best doctors or healthcare specialists to help them stay healthy and active. While the end decision is always ultimately up to the parents, we can help clear things up and avoid mind-numbing confusion.

The easiest way to understand the general (family) dentist vs. pediatric dentist analogy is to equate it to the family doctor vs. pediatrician analogy. It’s basically the same thing. Some children see their family dentist or family doctor, while other parents take their kids to a pediatric dentist or pediatrician.

A pediatric dentist is a dentist with specialized training in oral health treatments for kids and teens, similar to a pediatrician. They see kids all day, every day.

ARCH Orthodontics is lucky to have Stoughton pediatric dentist Dr. Karissa Koster as part of our team. It makes comprehensive dental, and orthodontic treatment work seamlessly together so that your child’s smile is disease-free, healthy, and straight.

But weighing your options and finding the best care possible for your kiddo isn’t always easy. It can be time-consuming and puzzling. Sometimes you need someone to do the homework for you, first. (That’s where we come in with this blog.)

So here are facts about finding your pediatric dentist in Greater Boston and Cape Cod. A few things you need to know that can make your decision less stressful.

Pediatric Dentists Have Additional Experience & Training

First, let’s start out by saying that we love working with general dentists and most of them enjoy working with young patients. However, some general dentists prefer to see older children or teens and recommend that your little one goes to a pediatric dentist instead – especially if they have significant issues with their teeth.

ARCH’s pediatric dentist in Stoughton, Dr. Koster, continued her education and training after earning her general dentistry degree. She was a Chief Pediatric Dental Resident at The Lutheran Medical Center in Holyoke, MA, and also interned at Chicopee Health Center, Martha Eliot Health Center at the Children’s Hospital Boston, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and Dr. John T. Carabatsos Family Dentistry in Brockton. She also completed a unique externship in residency at the Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, providing extensive dental care to many children with complicated medical conditions.

Pediatric dentists gain valuable experience and knowledge about treating developing teeth, child psychology, physical growth characteristics, and working with special needs patients. ​​​​​​​

Pediatric Dentists Understand Kids

When your kiddo has to see the dentist or the doctor, it can make for a nerve-wracking experience for everyone involved. This is another significant advantage you’ll have from taking your child to a pediatric dentist. They have the training, personality, and gentle touch that automatically helps little patients and their parents feel at ease. Many pediatric dentists will use special technology and techniques to ensure your child is always comfortable, pain-free, and at ease. Most pediatric dentists have offices that specifically cater to kids with bright, inviting colors, games, cool toys, and fun incentives to keep teeth clean.

Preventive Care is Top Priority

Everyone from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to the Academy of General Dentistry will tell you that prevention and conservation are absolutely essential to keeping teeth and your mouth healthy enough to last an entire lifetime. Pediatric dentists are always at war with decay. They have specialized treatments and training that can make sure your little one has the cleanest, healthiest smile on the block. Things like sealants, space maintainers, and fluoride are key. Parents love pediatric dentists like Dr. Koster who preserve teeth that can save big bucks in the long run.

Are you still unsure about the benefits of pediatric dentistry? Ask ARCH Orthodontics! Dr. Koster and the talented team at our convenient Stoughton office are ready to answer your questions, today. They’d love to show you around, get to know your child, understand your concerns, and talk about treatment. Give us a call or stop by for a quick visit. We’re happy to help you make the right decision for you and your family!

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