Should my child see a paediatric dentist or general dentist?

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Paediatric DentistA paediatric dentist focuses on the growth, development and treatment/decay prevention in a child’s baby teeth and emerging adult teeth.

The care your child receives during a trip to the dentist should be as unique as they are. And there are a few things to keep in mind when deciding whether to take your child to see a paediatric dentist or a general dentist.

Both paediatric dentists and general dentists deal with teeth. Both provide oral care, and improve oral health. Both can treat cavities and provide fluoride treatments to keep teeth strong, but at Smile Solutions, we recognise that children’s dental needs are different to the needs of adults, so our paediatric dentists are an important and special part of our team.

Paediatric dentists (or paedodontists) are specialist dentists that undertake a further three to fours years of postgraduate education after completing a dental degree. They are trained to treat the needs of children from their infant years until they are teens, as well as treating children with special needs.

They are trained to work with children to make trips to the dentist more fun and ease the nerves of anxious children through techniques such as Teddy Bear Therapy.

Working alongside dental hygienists, Smile Solutions paediatric dentists educate about how to brush teeth correctly and about healthy foods for teeth. Importantly, they help children to break bad habits like pacifier/dummy use or thumb sucking, which can harm growing teeth if not treated.

At Smile Solutions, our paediatric dentists work closely with our general dentists, dental hygienists and other specialist practitioners to ensure your child receives an holistic approach to dental care. So, if your child does require early orthodontic treatment or eventually, braces, getting a referral to the Smile Solutions orthodontic team is simple.

Ultimately, it’s up to you to make an informed choice about who your child sees; whether general or specialist dentist. Regardless, the right practitioner will always be patient and happy to work with your child, will help put their nerves at ease and make dental care fun.

The team at Smile Solutions is here to help keep your child’s mouth as healthy as possible, so they have happy smiles for life. Your child does not need a referral to visit a Smile Solutions paediatric dentist. Simply call the friendly team at Smile Solutions reception to arrange an appointment.

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