My Child Started at a Regular Dentist. Should I Switch to a Pediatric Dentist?

You probably have a general or family dentist that you really like, and as a result, you’ve been taking your child to see them as well. So far, so good.

Then maybe you see an advertisement or talk with a friend and realize that they actually take their child to a pediatric dentist!

A pediatric what…you think to yourself? That’s a real thing?

Most parents take their children to a pediatrician because while a general physician is great, pediatricians have the extra skills, experience, training, and expertise to treat children.

The field of pediatric dentistry is no different!

So while you may see a general dentist who you absolutely love, they may not be the right dental provider for your child at this critical stage of their young lives. So the question then becomes “should I switch, and if so why?”

Yes, You Should Switch and Here are 6 Reasons Why:

We Only See Children

You want your child to have the best dental care that is personally tailored to their needs. A big part of this is making sure that the dentist or dental office you select for your child works with children day in and day out, and that nothing will catch them off guard.

Imagine that you are building an outdoor kitchen, pool, or something else at your home that requires experience and expertise. You wouldn’t just hire a handyman to complete this very specific job, would you?

Sure they might do it and do a good job, but if you had the choice to hire a company that specialized in building outdoor kitchens, or specialized in building amazing pools, wouldn’t you choose that option (assuming costs are comparable)?

Of course, you would!

In any walk of life the more a person works with a specific group of people or performs specific tasks day in and day out, the more knowledge and experience they gain that can be applied to those specific situations.

Since you have the opportunity to take your child to a dentist who has been clinically trained to care exclusively for children, shouldn’t you take advantage of it? We think so!

Our Practices & Pediatric Dentists are Very Kid-Friendly (Clinical Compassion)

Many general dentists have a warm and inviting office…for adults. The potential issue is that while general dentistry offices are typically very neat, clean, and friendly to adults, a child may not view that office the same way.

Your child probably doesn’t care that there are fresh flowers on the counter and soothing, neutral paint colors on the wall. What they need is an office where they can walk in and immediately be distracted by all of the amazing kid-friendly things.

In addition to our practices being warm and inviting for kids, our pediatric dentists are too!

As a mom or dad, you know firsthand that it takes a special person to work with children day in and day out; you must have a heart for it; there’s no faking it!

At Chester County Dentistry for Children, all of our pediatric dentists have a huge heart for what they do, and the children and parents they serve (yes, we are here to serve. You can read our core values below):

Your Child May Actually Look Forward to Going to the Dentist (Less Anxiety)

What if instead of dreading a dental appointment, your child actually looked forward to it? Can you imagine how that would turn your world upside down (in a good way, of course)?

One of the great things about taking your child to a Chester County Dentistry for Children is that they form a bond with a dentist or team of dentists who are excellent at forming bonds with children.

We’ll ask them about their favorite superhero, or what sports and activities they are involved with, etc. Everything at our locations is done to make sure that your child is happy, comfortable, and walks away after their appointment with a smile on their face.

We Help Your Child Build Healthy Dental Habits for Life

Helping your child to create healthy habits is one of the most important things that you can do as a parent. In his best-selling book, The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg says the following:

“Habits are powerful but delicate. They can emerge outside our consciousness or can be deliberately designed. They often occur without our permission but can be reshaped by fiddling with their parts. They shape our lives far more than we realize—they are so strong, in fact, that they cause our brains to cling to them at the exclusion of all else, including common sense.”

It may seem like no big deal, but a great parent and pediatric dentist relationship can help your child develop quality dental habits early (brushing, flossing, etc.) that can become ingrained in their minds and last a lifetime.

It’s common for a parent to think about what the child will be like in 10, 20, or 30+ years, and while you can only do so much, teaching them healthy habits is something that you can control that they will carry with them hopefully for a very long time.

Pediatric Dentists have Years of Extra Training

A general dentist can brand themselves as a family dentist, but in order to be a board-certified pediatric dentist, 2-3 years of additional education are required after dental school.

If you would like to learn more, you can visit this page on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website:

During this time, a candidate that is trying to become a pediatric dentist would focus on the treatment of developing teeth (which is very different from treat adult teeth), the psychology of making children feel comfortable, and much more.

If you want to settle for nothing less than the best for your child’s dental needs, then you can’t do any better than a board-certified pediatric dentist at Chester County Dentistry for Children.

In fact, we encourage you to visit the link below, where you can read more about our “Dream Team” of pediatric dentists at Chester County Dentistry for Children:

Also, we have three convenient locations (West Chester, Lionville, and Kennett Square, PA).

We Want Moms and Dads to be Involved

We get it; this is your baby. They are your baby now, and they’ll still be your baby in 30 years when they’re all grown up and have a family of their own!

This is why we are happy to explain everything (in as much detail as you wish) involved your child’s teeth, potential treatment needs, and overall oral health.

We treat your child like we would treat our very own family members, and that’s a promise.

So what should you do now?

We hope you see that while you may love your general dentist, and they may be great at taking care of your teeth, your child really needs to see a pediatric dentist to ensure they are getting the specific care they really need.

Children’s teeth are different from adult teeth, and no one knows how to care for your child’s teeth and make them feel comfortable in the dental chair like our pediatric dentists at Chester County Dentistry for Children.

So if you’re ready to make the switch, give our location nearest you a call today, and we will take care of the rest!

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Chester County Dentistry for Children provides specialized, comprehensive oral health care for infants, children, and adolescents in a fun, stress-free environment that focuses on prevention and education. Our goal is to help your child be healthy and enter adulthood free of dental diseases and dental fears – with good oral health habits that will last a lifetime.

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