The difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist is a common question that we hear from parents. Here’s the biggest difference: while a family dentist has been trained to care for a wide variety of ages and stages, a pediatric dentist has been trained and specializes in caring for patients as they go through the many stages of childhood.
Going to the dentist can be scary for kids, and when they are fearful, they don’t behave or cooperate like adults do, requiring specialized care. Dr. Culp and his team are focused on being a dentist for kids, so they make children feel comfortable and at ease when they visit the Jungle! Even when kids are still scared, our team is trained to care for children properly, whether through specialized treatment or anesthesia.
In addition to handling the behavior of children differently than family dentists, pediatric dentists are also trained in the growth and development of children’s teeth. Pediatric dentists know how to look for potential problems as they grow in order to avoid bigger problems later in life (such as overcrowding or teeth erupting in wrong positions) and also how to educate patients and their parents to help them grow up with proper oral health care. Finally, pediatric dentists like Dr. Culp are also trained to handle many special needs that children may have as they relate to their behavior or healthcare.
At Jungle Roots Children's Dentistry, we believe in dowing the very best that we can to ensure the oral health of the children we care for. Dr. Culp enjoys helping kids take care of their teeth to create health, life-long smiles!
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