Most dentists recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist twice a year for regular dental checkups, regardless of your age. In fact, your child should see a dentist for the first time six months after their first tooth erupts. We recommend scheduling this first appointment with a pediatric dentist since they are trained to work with kids. Still, do you know exactly what the difference between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist is?
Both pediatric dentists and general dentists complete the same general education. However, a pediatric dentist completes two additional years after general dentistry school. During these years, pediatric dentists learn to work with children and receive extra training in children’s dentistry, child psychology, and childhood development. They are also trained in behavioral management, so they can make children more comfortable.
A pediatric dentist is actually trained to work with children up to 18 years old. This means they are trained to offer specialized treatment for growing children. Furthermore, pediatric dentists will help you learn what you can do to teach your children to properly care for their teeth. We’ll also warn you about specific dental issues and help you avoid these issues altogether.
If you’re interested in learning more about pediatric dentistry in Santa Cruz, California, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dentist, Dr. Brent Porter, and our team will be happy to address any concerns you have. To schedule an appointment with us, please contact Brent J Porter DDS at 831-459-9802. We look forward to receiving your call.