Pediatric Dentist and a Pediatrician: The Same or Different?

Pediatric Dentist vs Pediatrician


It is very common for some people to not understand the differences between a Pediatrician and a Pediatric Dentist. Both go through extensive schooling and training to be able to treat children and although there are similarities between both professions they are very different in what they treat.

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric Dentistry is one of the many specialties in the dental world. A pediatric dentist is a specialist in the dental field that focuses on the oral care of children from infancy through teen years. Pediatric dentists complete two to three additional years of training and residencies after the four years of dental school to learn and prepare them for treating a variety of dental problems in children. They are also qualified and trained to care for patients with physical, medical, and mental disabilities.

What is a Pediatrician?

A pediatrician is also one of many different specialties but they are part of the medical world instead of dental. He or she manages the physical, behavior, and mental health of children from infancy to teen. They are trained to treat and diagnose illnesses in children ranging from minor to serious diseases. Pediatricians also complete multiple years of specialized schooling after receiving their medical degree to learn to care for children.

As you can see both specialties revolve around children and as they grow it’s so very important to establish a medical and dental home for your child. This ensures that your son or daughter will receive the best care from every angle in their lives.

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