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What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist?

Posted May 12th, 2023 in Children

There are a few different types of dental specialists, including pediatric dentists, who specialize in dental care for children and teens. Today, our Winnipeg dentists explain how pediatric dentists are different from general dentists.

Below, our Winnipeg dentists outline the key differences between general and pediatric dentists and explain when it might be beneficial to visit a pediatric specialist.

What is a pediatric dentist?

Qualifications & Training

Pediatric Dentistry is one of nine dental specialties recognized by the Canadian Dental Association.

To become a dentist, you must go to dental school. Some dental school graduates move on immediately to practice as dentists, and these are general dentists.

To become a pediatric dentist in Canada, dental school graduates must complete an accredited advanced education program in pediatric dentistry. Once they have completed this program, they will attain a specialty designation from the Provincial Dental Regulatory Authority in their province.

What do pediatric dentists do?

Pediatric dentists have specialized training in the specific oral health care needs of children, ranging from infants to teenagers.

Pediatric dentists address the following dental care needs specific to children:

  • Baby teeth care
  • Dental care for children with special needs
  • Habit counseling: thumb sucking and pacifier habit-breaking
  • Fillings for tooth cavities or defects
  • Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, congenital heart defect, hay fever, and ADD / ADHD
  • Preventive dental care for children: oral hygiene cleaning, fluoride treatments, nutrition and diet recommendations, etc.
  • Infant oral health exams, including risk assessment for cavities
  • Early orthodontic assessment & treatment: straightening teeth and correcting misalignment and bite problems (malocclusion)

Does my child need to go to a special dentist for children?

In most cases, your child will not require a pediatric dentist as general dentists have the necessary training and knowledge to care for children's dental health.

That means that you can bring your child to your own dentist, and he or she will be well qualified to care for your child's teeth.

To book an appointment for your child, contact our dental team at Fort Rouge Dental today.

Book an appointment today with Fort Rouge Dental.

We look forward to welcoming you to our dental family!

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