Dr. Khuong Nguyen Explains the Difference Between Pediatric and General Dentistry

Many general dentists treat children and adults but aren’t pediatric dentists. Many parents wonder about the differences between the two and which is right for their children.

Dr. Khuong Nguyen is here to explain the differences and advantages of pediatric dentistry.

Education and Training

All dentists are trained in general dentistry. They must obtain a bachelor’s degree and then complete dental school. After dental school, a dentist has two paths to choose from.

They can begin a general dentistry residency, or they can choose a specialty. Pediatric dentistry is a specialty and requires 2-3 years of education after dental school, according to Dr. Khuong Nguyen.

During this time, they learn about children’s dental issues and treatments and techniques designed for kids.

In addition to learning about the physical aspects of treatment, they are also trained in child behavior. This allows them to comfort kids and help keep them calm and still in the chair.

Equipment and Tools

General dentists usually have tools and equipment designed for adult mouths. These tools can be too large for children, leading to discomfort.

A pediatric dentist has equipment and tools to meet the needs of kids of all ages, which provides them with a more effective and comfortable experience.

Kid Friendly

Visiting the dentist can be scary, particularly for kids. They may be nervous or intimidated in a regular dentist’s office, Dr. Khuong Nguyen explains. However, pediatric dentists do everything they can to create a pleasant, kid-friendly atmosphere.

Most offices have children’s books, and some even have toys for younger patients. The walls are typically brightly colored and fun and may include some kid’s favorite cartoon characters.

Many offices also offer kid-sized furniture, which can make them feel more at home.

Of course, the dentist chairs are also built with kids in mind. Adult chairs can feel very big and daunting. Kid’s chairs are smaller, and often have whimsical designs or colors.

Working with Parents

A pediatric dentist has the knowledge and experience to provide the best dental care for kids. In addition to their dental skills, they work closely with parents to keep their kids’ smiles healthy.

This starts at a baby’s first visit, where the dentist will show the parent how to use a gum brush and brush a baby’s first tooth.

As the child grows, the pediatric dentist will continue to guide the parent in caring for their child’s teeth. When the child is old enough, the dentist will help the child learn how to brush properly.

Dr. Khuong Nguyen

Dr. Khuong Nguyen has been a pediatric dentist for more than 20 years. He opened Clairmont Pediatric Dental in 2003. He was certified as a board-certified pediatric dentist by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry in 2008.

Dr. Nguyen believes it’s important to create a positive experience for kids. This can encourage them to keep healthy smiles throughout their lives.

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