What's the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

When it comes to taking care of your kids, you want to be assured that they are receiving the best care available!  Some wonder how a “pediatric dentist” is different than a family dentist.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry describes the difference briefly in this way:

“Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry.  A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only.  Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.”

The extra two to three years of rigorous training in a specialized program to become a pediatric dentist provide hands-on experience which help pediatric dentists meet the age specific needs of infants, children, and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs.

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