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Parents in Etobicoke, ON are looking into the differences between pediatric and family dentistry

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When looking into a reputable dentist for your child, there are most likely several factors you are taking into consideration. First and foremost, you want to make sure that your child’s teeth and gums are properly cared for and, in addition, you want your child to feel comfortable with their dentist so that the experience is a positive one. Dr. Shefali Tuli, a kid-friendly dentist at Sherway Dentistry in Etobicoke, ON strives to have just this type of relationship with each child she sees.

One question many parents find themselves asking is “Is a family or pediatric dentist best for my child?” Let’s explore some differences between the two types of dentists so that you can make the best choice for your child.

What is a Family Dentist?

Like a general dentist, a family dentist is one who, instead of specializing in a specific form of dentistry, offers a full range of dental services. While a general dentist may restrict the age of their patients they see, a family dentist welcomes patients of all ages. A family dentist will normally focus on general issues such as reducing plaque buildup on the teeth, treating and eliminating tooth decay, cavities, and periodontal disease. When issues are faced which require more specialized care, a family dentist will refer you out to a specialist.

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Just as all dentists do, a pediatric dentist must persevere through four years of dental school in addition to getting a bachelor’s degree. The difference lies in that, unlike general or family dentists, a pediatric dentist is required to undergo an additional 2 to 3 years of specialized training which prepares them to handle how a child behaves, how to make a child comfortable and how to treat the unique dental needs of children. A pediatric dentist’s office will typically cater to and revolve around children in the form of an office space that may have a play area or other kid friendly activities to make the experience fun.

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Advantages of a Family Dentist

Although you may see a pediatric dentist as being superior to a family dentist for your child, choosing a family dentist does come with specific benefits that a specialized pediatric dentist does not offer. These advantages include:
  • You and your child can see the same dentist. This allows you to set the example in how your child perceives a dental visit as they can watch you and how you react to exams, cleanings, etc.
  • A family dentist is incredibly skilled and comfortable in treating children of all ages.
  • A family dentist provides numerous specialties all under one roof
  • Your child will be able to see the same dentist from their youngest years until they are adults. This allows a special relationship to form between dentist and patient.
Dr. Shefali Tuli and her team at Sherway Dentistry in Etobicoke, ON would love to provide excellent dental care to you and your family. Please give them a call at 416.639.2546 today to set up a consultation. Dr. Tuli will answer any questions you have about her practice and would love to welcome you as new patients.

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