Different Types of Dentists

29763966-young-specialist-dentist-at-his-workplace-is-ready-to-receive-the-first-patientWe all know that it is important to see the dentist.  Most of us probably have a family dentist.  But did you know that there are actually other types of dentists? There are a wide number of oral health and dental treatment areas that dentists specialize in.  Here is a list of the different types of dentists you may need to visit.

General Dentists – General dentists help their patients by preventing dental problems through regular checkups and oral health education. They are the first line for any problems and the dentist that you should see twice a year.

Orthodontist – An orthodontist specializes in the growth and alignment of the teeth and jaw. People see an orthodontist to get braces or plates that will help with crowded or missing teeth.  Or if they have a bite problem, such as an over bite or cross bite.

Pediatric Dentist – This is a general dentist that specializes in the prevention and treatment of children. They have a knowledge of syndromes and disorders which can affect oral health in children.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons – These surgeons were trained as dentists but specialize in conditions that require surgery, such as wisdom teeth removal, defects or injuries to the mouth or jaw.  They work to restore and correct.

Periodontist – A periodontist specializes in the gums and tissues that surround and support the teeth.  They are experts in gum disease and other problems with the gums.

Endodontist – This type of dentist studies the structures inside the tooth, the pulp. They specialize in root canal treatments, which are performed in an attempt to save the tooth with infected pulp.

Prosthodontist – A prosthodontist replaces missing or damaged teeth with implants. They specialize in aesthetic, restorative and reconstructive dentistry.

Cosmetic Dentists – They focus on treatments that help people improve the aesthetic features for their smile. They can help with teeth whitening, broken or chipped teeth, as well as implants and replacing teeth that are missing

Holistic Dentists – A holistic dentist takes your whole health into account when preventing, diagnosing and treating dental problems.  They often use homeopathic treatments and prefer to use natural solutions.

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Your Child’s First Dental Visit

If you are 28438416-young-adorable-cheerful-baby-playing-in-park-in-the-sunny-daya new parent you may be wondering when to schedule your child’s first dental visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says “First visit by first birthday”.  This may seem quite early to most parents, but national studies have shown that preschool aged children are getting more cavities.  Many kids get cavities as early as age 2.

Seeing the dentist at an early age can help parents learn about their child’s dental health and how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to prevent problems for their child.  It also allows parents to discuss oral habits such as thumb sucking, ways to prevent accidents that could damage face and teeth, teething milestones and the link between diet and oral health.

After this first visit, the dentist will suggest you schedule visits every six months.  To find the best dentist for your child, you should consider a pediatric dentist who specializes in the care of young children.  You will also want to prepare your child for their first visit before you see the dentist.  To learn ways you can do this, check out this article from Colgate: Your Child’s Age 1 Dental Visit.

Finding A Pediatric Dentist

A pediatric dentis29626738-happy-brotherst specializes in working with children’s teeth, gums, etc.  They understand how a child’s mouth develops and the stages of development.  They also train in child psychology after their training in dental school.

What should you expect from a pediatric dentist?  How do you know if you are choosing the right dentist for your child?  Here are some things to keep in mind when you are looking for a pediatric dentist office.

They should have plenty of hands on experience with children as well as have a welcoming staff and a bright, cheerful office.  Most will have toys in the waiting room and tooth brushing equipment that kids will actually want to use.

You may also want to consider how the office is set up to handle emergencies. Children tend to get in minor accidents and also need someone quick if they are in a lot of pain.  Choose a dentist that has an answering service for after hours.

Choose an office that is near your home, work or your child’s school.  This will be more convenient for everybody.  Be sure to find out what kind of payment they accept and if they will be able to use your insurance.  You don’t want to be stuck with a huge bill.

Lastly, ask the opinion of family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  Many may have already had experiences with pediatric dentists for their children.  They can let you know which offices have worked well for them.

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