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Did you know that many different dentists recommend scheduling an appointment with them when your little one is about a year old, or six months after their first tooth erupts? At these early appointments, our team probably won’t find signs of trouble, but getting your child used to the dental office is extremely important. However, do you know when you should visit a pediatric dentist? Similarly, do you know what the differences between a general dentist and a pediatric dentist are?

A general dentist and pediatric dentist are very similar since they both go to dental school. However, pediatric dentists also complete an additional two years of training. During this additional two years, pediatric dentists learn how to work with your children, receive training in child psychology, childhood development, and children’s dentistry. They’re also trained in behavioral management and are taught to make children more comfortable in a dental setting.

To be clear, pediatric dentists are also trained to work well with teens. Pediatric dentists are additionally trained to offer specialized treatment for growing kids and to teach parents how to help their kids learn to brush and floss well. Of course, pediatric dentists will also let you know about potential issues your children might face and will help you avoid these problems.

If you would like to hear more about pediatric dentistry in St. George, Utah, we can help. Our dentist, Dr. Trent Pryor, and our team will be happy to answer your questions about your child’s dental care. To schedule an appointment with us, please feel free to contact St. George Kids Dental at 435-673-3490. We look forward to receiving your call.