General Dentistry vs Pediatric Dentistry

Many general dentists will see patients under 18, so what sets a pediatric dentist apart from a general dentist? There are a variety of differences. General dentistry primarily focuses on adult teeth and health issues relating to them, while pediatric dentistry focuses on children’s teeth with an emphasis on growth and prevention. It’s no secret that there are special rules for children’s dentistry. Kids need to feel comfortable and receive special attention with communication in simplified terms to help them understand their visit and what is happening to them.

What is General Dentistry?

General dentists provide oral healthcare for people of all ages. Services provided by a professional include:

  • Preventative services help you maintain the health of your teeth by stopping disease before it starts through regular exams and teeth cleaning.
  • Restorative services involve timely and appropriate solutions to a problem, such as removing tooth decay and replacing it with a filling.
  • Cosmetic services include teeth whitening, porcelain veneers and cosmetic bonding to give you a brighter smile.
  • Overall health concerns when dental problems, such as an untreated oral infection, affect your general health.

How Does Pediatric Dentistry Cater to Children?

Pediatric dentistry is vital to children’s oral and overall health. Pediatric dentists have the education to address dental issues in children that differ from adult oral care. A child’s mouth is still growing and treatment affects the future of the development of new teeth. It is also important to make children feel at ease when they visit the dentist. Dr. Jose Loza understands that a child-friendly staff and an office environment that is fun, inviting and playful make kids feel comfortable and help eliminate preconceived fears they may have.

What Are the Key Differences?

Although pediatric and general dentists both treat oral conditions, education and training requirements differentiate the two. General dentists must have four years of undergraduate college education, four years of dental school and a one-year residency. A pediatric dentist must have the same criteria with the addition of at least two years of pediatric dentistry education. Additionally, pediatric dentistry includes orthodontic pre-assessment as part of their examination, where general dentists typically refer patients to an orthodontist for treatment. Lastly, the equipment materials for children’s oral care are much smaller to maneuver around small teeth, and general dentists may not have the proper instruments at their practice.

Why Choose a Family Dentist?

Choosing a family dentist like Dr. Jose Loza is the perfect solution for you and your family. He can provide services for everyone in your family, from toddlers to grandparents. It simplifies your dental care and allows Dr. Loza to accommodate your family’s oral health through all life stages with a deep understanding of your health history. You will get tailored treatment plans that suit your needs for effective results.

Schedule Your Pediatric and General Dentistry Visits Today!

No need to schedule different appointments with different providers! Dr. Jose Loza and his team can provide your family’s routine cleanings and check-ups together to make your life easier. Book your appointment now to get started!

May 2023
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