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February 4, 2021

At What Age Should Your Child Stop Seeing a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists have extensive education, training, and experience in providing top-notch dental care to children of all ages. Whether you have an infant, toddler, school-aged kid, preteen, or teen, your trusted team at Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry is here to help. The question is, when should your child start seeing a general dentist like you do?

Pediatric vs. General Dentistry Practices

Pediatric and general dentists both work with one goal in mind. To help their patients maintain long-term healthy smiles. However, there are some distinct differences between the two. The first is in their education. Pediatric dentists complete at least two additional years of specialized training after dental school focused on the unique needs of their young patients. They are well equipped to treat the growing mouth as well as being experts on behavior management and caring for children with special needs.

Many general dentists offer pediatric services. However, they do not have the additional training and expertise that pediatric dentists do. That said, seeing a general dentist may not be the best option for children, especially those with special needs or those who are anxious about dental visits. It’s best to choose a pediatric dentistry practice that is geared toward children and their unique needs. Their staff understands how to deal with the littlest and most fearful patients, and their kid-friendly environments allow for a positive and anxiety-free experience.

Should Teens See Pediatric Dentists?

As kids get older and reach their teen years, you may wonder whether it makes sense to have them continue to see a pediatric dentist. The answer is “yes.” Although teens may not be little kids anymore, they continue to learn about healthy habits for healthy smiles. A pediatric dentist will talk to your teen about the best foods and oral hygiene practices to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of oral health.

As children grow, their teeth go through many changes. Most teens continue to experience growth and development of the face and jaw. Moreover, the last of permanent teeth come in during this time. Continuing to see a pediatric dentist who knows their dental history will allow for personalized care during these critical growth and development years. Moreover, most teens require orthodontic screening and will need evaluation on whether the wisdom teeth require removal. These are services pediatric dentists are well-equipped to provide.

How Old is Too Old to See a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists typically see patients from when the first tooth emerges until about age 18. Just like pediatric healthcare providers, pediatric dentists specialize in caring for young smiles. At Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we will evaluate your child’s needs, behaviors, and overall dental health before recommending a switch to a general dentist.

Quality Pediatric Dentistry Services in Phoenix, AZ

Contact Jet Set Smiles Pediatric Dentistry to learn all about the quality preventive and restorative services we offer to ensure our young patients maintain healthy smiles for a lifetime. You can always trust us for outstanding care and services. Call us and schedule your appointment today!