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What’s the Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a Family Dentist?


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When you’re looking for the best Scottsdale children’s dentist, it’s important to take your provider’s education and training into account.

Although children can receive preventative and basic dental care from a family  (general) dentist, a pediatric dentist like Dr. Candace Veneberg is an expert when it comes to developing a smile and the emotional needs of young patients. Dr. Veneberg is also a board-certified pediatric dentist from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.

Pediatric vs. Family Dentists

A family or general dentist has a traditional four-year degree in dentistry. Their education encompasses a broad knowledge of all routine oral health services making them able to serve a diverse population and age range.

After dental school, some dentists choose to go back into post-graduate programs for another 2-3 years to become experts in a particular field of dentistry. Pediatric dentists — are just one such type of dental specialist.

During their pediatric post-graduate education, specialists like Dr. Veneberg fine tune their skills related to things like:

 – Behavioral management for nervous children

 – Restorative techniques in primary teeth

 – Special needs care

 – Holistic dentistry options

 – Early intervention orthodontics

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Different Equipment and Techniques Just for Kids

A family dental practice typically uses equipment and technology that’s designed for teens and adults.

At Little White Tooth, our Scottsdale pediatric dentist has the resources to work in small mouths. All of the equipment we utilize was specially selected to be used for young children. Our whole team has extra training in guiding children to provide the best possible dental visit. We love to customize the dental experience based on your child’s specific needs.

A Fun Atmosphere for Your Children

Family dental practices are great and convenient when you want to bring everyone in your household to the same dentist. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!

But if your child gets nervous (or you don’t want them to feed off of your own dental anxiety,) then a pediatric dental office is completely designed to keep your child at ease and make the experience as fun as possible. Plus, the staff have added behavioral management training to communicate with young patients in a way that reduces anxiety and dental phobia.

Do I Need a Referral?

Absolutely not! A common misconception is that you need a referral from your family dentist before you can take your child to see a pediatric dentist. That’s simply not the case. Although our Scottsdale children’s dentist does accept referrals when care needs to go beyond your family dentist’s resources, we also accept new patients who have never seen a dentist before.

Putting Children’s Smiles First With the Best Pediatric Dentist in Scottsdale

At Little White Tooth, we’re here to ensure your child’s best accessory stays healthy all the way into adulthood. Whether you need advice on thumb-sucking, orthodontics, or getting a mouthguard for an after-school sport, our Scottsdale pediatric dental team is happy to help.

Call or contact us today to request an appointment for your child or children’s first visit with our friendly local pediatric dentist, Dr. Veneberg.

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Kelly Gallo

December 10, 2021

Friendly and accommodating! Thank you for taking good care of our little girl Awesome practice 😁

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Mary Azizi

December 3, 2021

Took my 2 year old for her check up for the first time to Little White Tooth. The staff is so nice and friendly and we’re so accommodating with my toddlers schedule. When we arrived to our appointment, I really thought the office was so cute! Dr. V and her assistant were so awesome and very understanding that my daughter was not going to be the easiest patient for them that morning. I knew she would cry but I expect worse and thanks to the approach they used to best do the exam as quickly and efficient as possible, it wasn’t bad at all. My toddler left really happy with her goodie bag and her prize. I’m really happy I found this office!

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Toby Potter

October 29, 2021

Great pediatric dentist!! Made my daughter feel very comfortable and met her at the level she was comfortable. Can’t wait for our 6 month checkup

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Jessica Thomas

October 21, 2021

It was our son's second dentist appointment this week and Little White Tooth Pediatric made us all feel right at home once again. The staff is always so sweet and accommodating to our family! All our concerns and questions were answered. Dr. Veneberg is warm, welcoming, and SO knowledgeable. The tech that helped us before the Dr. came is was personal and so patient with our son. I cannot recommend Little White Tooth Pediatric enough!! I would recommend family and friends to go here with no hesitation.

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Cyndi Wika

October 7, 2021

Little White Tooth Pediatric Dentistry is amazing! The staff and Dr. Veneberg is caring, gentle and is a wonderful dentist. I wish I could give them ten stars!

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David Martin

October 4, 2021

With so many “services” today declining there is one place we demand it and that’s for our children to give them the best care and experience possible. These folks are genuine, consistent and just plain lovely people. From the front desk, nurse to the dentist herself. Their tone, attitude, patience and skills with kids and their trade are spot on. Could not recommend more for parents and we are darn picky parents.

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Monika Lacka

October 2, 2021

Beautiful office. Super friendly staff. Great experience. Highly recommend.

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Jaymee Del Rosario

September 17, 2021

Love all the staff here and Dr. Veneberg! We were on ministry travel in Arizona and my 2 years old toddler was jumping around and hit is mouth on the corner of the coffee table. Ouch! Then we noticed his front tooth was cracked so deep straight from from gums. So that was a weekend, and we thought what do we do! We are far away from home! Oh noo! Then first call we made was Little White Tooth. The staff asked us what happened, they had us text them the image of his cracked tooth, and within an hour we were in the clinic. They squeezed us in their schedule and was just awesome. They were calm for me as I was a bit nervous for my son...but over all it was super great experience. Smooth process and my son loved the clinic!ots of stuff for the kids and awesome goodies. We are from NV and I don't mind coming back here to make this my son's dental place. Thank you Little White Tooth for taking good care of us! -THE Tennells'

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Evan Edaakie

September 15, 2021

Amazing service provided from receptionist, tech, and Dr. V.

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Ashley Serrano

September 2, 2021

So glad I found Little White Tooth! I will be taking all 4 of my kids here for now on. I can’t even express enough of how happy I am that a dentist office knows what MTHFR is and that they ask about it when filling out the forms online. I was so happy when I saw that. They are very knowledgeable about myofunctional therapy as well as tongue, lip and buccal ties! I would recommend everyone to this dental office! I drove 1 hr and will continue to do so with no problem, because that’s how much I love it! Thank you Little White Tooth for the wonderful experience. My daughter and son are loving the color changing cups they received just as a fun little gift, so thank you for that also!

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SheriAnne Little

August 11, 2021

Dr. Veneberg and her staff are amazing!! So patient, kind, and care about their patients. They take the time to educate on overall wellness.

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Rosie Chacon

August 7, 2021

Absolute best experience at not only a dentists office but of a company in general. The staff is incredible, they are warm and friendly and literally make you feel like you're family. They made my daughter feel so comfortable and cared for and Dr. Veneberg is the very thing that every pediatric dentist should strive to be. I couldn't be happier!!! I am thrilled to have found such a gem!!

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Jonatan Aquino

August 7, 2021

Perfect environment for kids, my baby had a blast at this location. From the first momment we walk in, the waiting area was perfect for my little baby boy where they had many covid precautions as we walked in, such as taking everyone’s temperature, having patients use hand sanitizer. Once he was called back for his 1st check up, Dr. V was fenomenal taking care of my baby’s fear with Dr.,s making it easier for both me and my baby boy. More than a regular check up at a Dentist, it was more like going to a kids playground. I recommend this Dental practice to any parent out there seeking for the best Dental care they can find.

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Clint Joslin

August 3, 2021

The dentist is so nice. They tell me exactly what is going to happen so I feel comfortable, and know I am in excellent hands! They are welcoming and extremely friendly, and nice 😊! I am so glad Little White Tooth is my dentist😊❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️! Calista Joslin

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Jiajian Shen

July 29, 2021

Both of my daughters loved this place. My younger daughter Mia said it was very good. My older daughter said it was better than her prior dental care place.

Excellent service and expertise always friendly !

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Holly Turner

July 7, 2021

I highly recommend Little White Tooth. Dr. V is great but so is her staff. Friendly from the moment you walk in the door. The same hygienist has cleaned my daughter’s teeth 3 times now and has each time been so patient and comforting. Very clean office too!

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Tiffany Banks

June 24, 2021

Best Dentist ever!!!! Kind and caring, takes time to discuss things with you. I could go on and on. Dr. V is amazing and I would highly recommend her. The staff is also amazing, especially Nicole.

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Oh La Lari LLC

June 22, 2021

The staff is absolutely amazing! Dr Veneberg is so knowledgeable, gentle, and so sweet to my boys. Because of her they don’t mind going to the dentist! She has these magic cups and tokens for the kids to collect a prize at the end! I highly recommend her to everyone I know!!

I love this practice! My kids honestly love going to the dentist since coming to this practice. Very friendly staff.

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Elizabeth P

June 15, 2021

So happy I found little white tooth to take my three year old son! He loves going to the dentist because of the wonderful staff! Highly recommend to someone in search of a pediatric dentist in the area!

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katie darland

June 3, 2021

Clean, friendly and overall great experience. So kind and gentle with my 3 year old. Made her love the dentist. Thank you!

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Freeda Coury

May 27, 2021

My family and I are so happy to have found such an amazing pediatrics dentist so close to our home. Dentist visits used to be such a stressful experience for my four children but after meeting the staff of Little White Tooth, we could not be happier. The dentist and staff are very professional and have a special talent with comforting their patients. The office is also a fun place for children to be. It’s kids friendly atmosphere is very comforting for children while waiting for their appointment. I highly recommend Little White Tooth Pediatrics Dentistry.

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Nichelle Hodge

May 20, 2021

100% recommend Little White Tooth Dentistry! Dr. V and her staff are phenomenal. They are very knowledgeable and personable. You can tell that they are passionate about their careers. I absolutely love this office! I cannot say one bad thing about this place. Thank you for taking great care of my children and making all of us feel comfortable.

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Zee H

May 18, 2021

Very friendly and professional staff. Dentist is very kind and patient with kids. Love this place!

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Shelby Cruz

May 8, 2021

This was my daughter’s first time to the dentist, and they were so patient, let her adjust to the environment, and she left saying she can’t wait to go back!! Amazing staff and doctor!!!

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Shadae Luckie

May 7, 2021

Me and my son absolutely love this office. They are always happy smiling and interested in our lives. Dr V is amazing of course and so is all the staff. My son loves the movies even though we are always in and out he truly enjoys it. He also looks forward to his treat at the end. The office is always clean and light. Just an amazing place overall.

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Summer Gehrke

April 15, 2021

We love Dr. V and her staff - everyone is so friendly here, and the kids love coming to the dentist! Another great appointment for both kiddos today!

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Deserae C

April 15, 2021

This was our first time at Little White Tooth and my daughter absolutely loved it. I’m pleased with our experience and how fast, friendly and welcoming our visit was. The entire staff was amazing and made my daughter extremely comfortable. Can’t ask for anything more! We’ll definitely continue to see Dr. V and the rest of the team!

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Stefanie Heckman

April 8, 2021

We loved Dr V! Everything about the office was welcoming and fun. My 6 year old was a little nervous but they talked to her so warmly and it was a great experience!

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Kathy Day

March 31, 2021

From the front office staff to the dental hygienist, everyone was very nice! Dr. V is a sweetheart and very informative. My kids had a great experience!

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Mallory Lambert

March 30, 2021

We visited Little White Tooth for the first time last week. The office was very clean and the staff were warm and inviting. I was so nervous about how my 2 year old would handle his first visit, but the dentist really put him at ease and was very patient/gentle with him. We truly had a great experience and can’t recommend them enough!

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Daniel Tulcan

March 19, 2021

A incredible staff. Friendly, professional and a great group of people to be surrounded by. Thanks for everything you have done for my son. You guys are wonderful and the world needs more people like you.

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Dianna T

March 18, 2021

Friendly office with great staff. Dr. Veneberg and team made my toddler's first dental checkup a positive experience all around!

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Brianna Ryff

March 3, 2021

Fantastic experience for pediatric patients. Dr. V is extremely knowledgeable and takes her time discussing findings and recommended treatment options. We can here initially for a second opinion and now can’t imagine going anywhere else. Update: can’t say enough positive thing about Dr. V and her wonderful staff! I was told my son needed invasive surgery requiring general anesthesia and costing thousands of dollars (even with insurance!). Going to Dr. V for a second opinion was the best decision. She did an in office SDF treatment, and he’s been stable since. Her staff even helped with recommendations when another adult family member had a tooth emergency and we needed referral recommendations. Thank you for all you do!

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Laura Abbott

February 18, 2021

May have been my grandson’s first visit to the dentist. Everyone there was wonderful! They made his visit as stress free as possible. From a ceiling-mounted TV to a gold token for a treat at the end of the visit and everything in between, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and I’m sure my grandson won’t mind going back to the dentist in 6 months.

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Lindsay Cheatham

February 18, 2021

Dr. Veneberg and her staff are so wonderful! They are so patient with kids, and love building a relationship with the kids and earning their confidence! It’s very admirable!

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Jason Mello

February 17, 2021

I highly recommend Little White Tooth. The staff is friendly, professional, and easy to work with. Every appointment has been punctual. The office is very clean, well maintained, and cute. The kids look forward to visits. Dr. V has also heavily invested in electronic resources to make communicating easy and paperless. I wish they took adult patients!

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