Pediatric dentists may be on the rise in the United States, but family dentists have met the dental needs of families with children for decades. Family dental practices provide gentle and compassionate care to every family member and understand specific needs that children require when it comes to a visit to the dentist. Families in the Griffin, Georgia area seeking a family dental office have come to rely on and trust Dr. Mark Martindale and the friendly team at Martindale Family Dentistry. If a pediatric dentist specializes in children’s dental care, then how do family dentists set themselves apart, and can they meet the needs of your children and family? Let us find out!
When thinking of pediatric dentistry, it is best to compare a pediatrician who treats children only as opposed to a family dentist, who is comparable to a traditional family doctor who sees every family member. From the youngest family members to the oldest, a family dentist is trained to treat every member. Both family and pediatric dentists receive the same educational degree, a D.D.S. or D.M.D., and receive the same core education via a four-year dental school. The significant difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist lies in the additional training a pediatric dentist receives, specifically on children. If you have a challenging child, seeing a pediatric dentist who has had additional training in child psychology and behavior issues could prove beneficial.
As with any medical field, there are both advantages and disadvantages if you decide your child should see a pediatric dentist. Some of these advantages include:
While a family dentist may not be specifically trained in pediatric dentistry, they are more than equipped with the knowledge and training necessary to treat your child’s dental needs. A family dentist focuses their attention on the lifelong care of your mouth, from your youngest years through adulthood. Here are some reasons why family dentists remain popular, year in and year out:
At Martindale Family Dentistry, our focus is to provide quality dental care to every member of your family in a calm and soothing atmosphere suitable for all ages. Our entire team works together to ensure you receive quality and safe dental care that will keep you coming back. We love watching our families grow through the years and hope that we can welcome your family into our office soon! Please call 770-637-5876 today to schedule an appointment.