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Family Dentistry vs. Pediatric Dentistry: What’s the Difference?

March 22, 2021
Posted By: Dental Health Partners
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When it comes to getting the best care for your family, we know you’re under a lot of pressure. You want to make the right decision every time. At Dental Health Partners, we are here to help you make all the right decisions about your family’s dental care, and we want to answer all your questions.

One common question we hear from patients is about family dentistry vs. pediatric dentistry. What is the difference? Should I take my child to a pediatric dental office, or can a family dentist meet my needs?

Below we explain some of the differences between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist to help you make the best decision for your little ones!

Family Dentistry for All Ages

A family dentist provides dental care to people of all ages, which means he or she can treat your entire family under one roof. At Dental Health Partners, we love providing family dental care because we get to know everyone in your family, from youngest to oldest, and we get to watch families grow! We also get to offer our patients a lifetime of care, from their first trip to the dentist through adulthood. 

Dr. Cody and Dr. Melissa love having the opportunity to get to know generations of patients in Mitchell, SD. A family dentist has the chance to develop a long-term relationship with patients that isn’t possible with a pediatric dentist.

Pediatric Dentistry

A pediatric dentist provides dental care specifically for infants, children, and teenagers. Since pediatric dentists focus on children’s dental care, they can provide top-notch dental services for young people. 

A pediatric dentist may be recommended if your child needs significant dental work or has extreme anxiety about visiting the dentist. A pediatric dental office offers an environment geared towards treating children, even if they have complex dental issues, which may be more appropriate for your child’s situation depending on their needs.

Pediatric dentists generally do not see patients over the age of eighteen.

Schedule a Visit with Our Family Dentist in Mitchell!

Our dental office provides excellent dental care to entire families, making dental treatments and appointments convenient and easy. With a family dentist, you can coordinate your family’s dental appointments efficiently, making you more likely to keep your family’s scheduled dental appointments.

Our kind and empathetic dental team in Mitchell love treating patients of all ages. We provide a welcoming, calming environment for children and their families. 

Reach out to our dentist office today at (605) 996-1316 to schedule your family’s dental appointments with Dental Health Partners.

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