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

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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