Why A Pediatric Dentist

team member talking with young patient in chair

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve already taken a great step toward caring for your child’s health. Maintaining your children’s oral health with regular trips to the dentist is just as important as taking them for their annual checkups at the doctor.

One of the questions we get from parents is, why should I take my child to a pediatric dentist rather than to the same general dentist I see?

1. More training
Pediatric dentists have more training than a general dentist. Pediatric dentistry is one of nine recognized specialties by the American Dental Association. After four years of dental school, pediatric dentists spend an additional two-three years learning to care for children’s specific dental needs. That means they’re more focused on preventative care, spotting problems specific to children, and helping children establish the oral health and hygiene habits that will help them enjoy a lifetime of healthy smiles. Pediatric dentists are trained to care for patients with medical, physical, or mental disabilities. They’re also a great resource for parents in need of information about how to teach their kids to properly brush and floss, teaching them about the effects of sugary snacks on their health, or answering any other questions they might have.

2. Offices designed with kids in mind
We know that, especially when it comes to how people feel about the dentist, first impressions can last a lifetime. Did you know that more than 50% of Americans are uncomfortable visiting the dentist, and 15% of Americans avoid the dentist completely due to acute anxiety? Good oral health is all about establishing and maintaining healthy habits, starting early in life. That’s why Pediatric Dental Specialists’ offices are geared toward making your kids as comfortable and relaxed as possible, so they never associate a visit to the dentist as anything other than positive.

3. We love kids!
We’re certainly not saying that your general dentist doesn’t love your kids, but we’ve dedicated our lives to making sure they enjoy a lifetime of good oral health. Come see why we’re the top choice for pediatric dentistry in Nebraska.