Is My Child Too Old to See a Pediatric Dentist?

Your child’s growing smile deserves high-quality, specialized dental care throughout all stages of childhood to help them enjoy healthy smiles for life. Our pediatric dental specialists at Beavercreek Pediatric Dentistry are expertly trained to care for the unique needs of your child’s growing smile!

Our pediatric dentists are focused on helping your child achieve great dental health from birth to young adulthood and beyond. They are here to answer all your questions regarding your child’s dental health and to provide special tools to care for their smile.

The Differences Between Pediatric Dentistry and General Dentistry

Both general dentists and pediatric dentists attend dental school to become highly skilled in caring for their patients’ smiles, but pediatric dentists attend dental school for an extra two to three years. This additional schooling specially trains dentists in caring for the specific needs of growing mouths and special needs dentistry. They then go on to complete a residency program focused on pediatric dentistry, where they get hands-on training working with children.

This extensive training allows pediatric dentists to become well-versed in caring for children and special needs patients of all ages. They concentrate on patience, calming techniques, and making the overall experience fun. Our Beavercreek kid’s dentists provide expertly skilled care in a family-friendly environment, comfortably designed for your child.

What is the Normal Age Range for Children to See a Pediatric Dentist?

Our Beavercreek pediatric dentists treat children through every stage of their smile. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing in your child for their first dental visit by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth coming in. Our patients regularly see us until around age 18, and sometimes through college. 

Even through teenage years and young adulthood, your child’s mouth is still growing. The expertise of a pediatric dentist can still be beneficial for a teenager, as their permanent teeth, jawbone, and facial structure are still developing.

Special Needs Dental Patients 

Our dental team is well trained in treating patients with special needs. During their pediatric specialty program in dental school, our dentists were taught how to treat patients who may require special care and ensure they feel comfortable and relaxed at every appointment. Many special needs patients continue to see us well into adulthood, as our team strives to create a familiar, anxiety-free office environment they know and love.  

Have Questions? Call Beavercreek Pediatric Dentistry Today!

Our talented and passionate team cares about your child’s lifetime of healthy smiles. If you have any questions about your child seeing a pediatric dentist or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today!

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