Why should my child see a pediatric dentist?

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Did you know there are different types of dentists? Just as most parents would consider a pediatrician for specialized, age-based healthcare for their child, pediatric dentists are no different.  If you’re trying to decide between a pediatric dentist vs. a generalized dentist, we’ll offer some more insight.

The Difference Between Pediatric Dentists and General Dentists

A pediatric dentist sees patients from infancy through their teen years.  They also treat special needs patients of all ages and patients who might need to be seen in a hospital setting because of medical or behavioral conditions.  

Pediatric dentists complete a two or three year residency program after dental school, which includes hospital training, working with patients with severe needs and courses in child development and behavior management.  This training equips them to be experts in providing gentle, comprehensive dental care specifically designed for kids.

At Pediatric Smiles, our first priority is a kid-centered environment.  We focus on prevention and education. The best tools for a happy mouth are comprehensive exams, risk assessment, cleaning and fluoride treatment, and diagnosis of oral conditions.

Dr. Francois completed his residency at the University of Illinois in Chicago and is board certified and a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  He enjoys helping little ones grow up with a beautiful smile!