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Family Vs. Pediatric Dentist – Which is Better?

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Northstar Dental
Family Vs. Pediatric Dentist – Which is Better?We want our families to receive the best possible dental care. Thus, choosing a dental service provider becomes a very difficult decision to make. Adults, aging adults, and children all have different dental and oral healthcare requirements, so there are different specialization fields within dentistry. Here we compare family and pediatric dentists to identify which may be a better option for your family's needs.

What is Pediatric Dentistry?

Pediatric dentistry is the field of dentistry dedicated to taking care of children's oral and dental healthcare needs. Pediatric dentists are trained to cater to the dental requirements of children from infancy and throughout their teenage years. They ensure optimal development of the oral and dental structure in children and fix any issues that may hinder the development.

What is Family Dentistry?

Family Dentistry or general dentistry is a broader specialization with a wider range of dental services under its portfolio. Family dentists are not exactly specialists in a particular field but are trained in multiple fields, including pediatric dentistry, restorative dentistry, and general dental treatments like cavity cleaning, teeth cleaning, and treatment of dental diseases.

Which is Better?

Each field has its own distinct set of benefits. But there are only two major differences between the two.

Pediatric dentists have an age restriction on their services. Once children cross their teen years, a pediatric dentist no longer holds the expertise necessary to provide oral and dental healthcare services. On the other hand, family dentists do not have an age restriction and can be your primary dental healthcare service provider for as long as you live.

Secondly, pediatric dentists focus more on children's oral development and fixing any developmental issues. Whereas family dentists focus on maintain overall oral and dental health and hygiene.

Ideally, you should employ the services of both. However, not many have the budget for it. Neither do they have the time to make multiple visits to different dentists, so many prefer family dentists over specialized pediatric dentists.

Family dentists provide excellent oral healthcare services to the complete family. Because children grow up having the same dentist, they are also more comfortable with their family dentists.
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