Downtown Eagle River, Alaska
12641 Old Glenn Hwy Suite 203
Eagle River, AK 99577
(907) 622-5437

What Makes a Pediatric Dentist Different Than a General Dentist? February 11, 2019

Downtown Eagle River, Anchorage
What Makes a Pediatric Dentist Different Than a General Dentist?, Anchorage, Alaska

Instilling the importance of dental health in your child is about more than daily brushing and flossing. It’s also about establishing a positive relationship between your child and their dentist. If you’re researching dental health professionals in your area for your toddler, consider scheduling an appointment with a pediatric dentist. These dentists undergo special training to help young children establish healthy dental habits. 

How a Pediatric Dentist Differs From Other Dental Professionals 

Child-Centric Training

Pediatric dentistry is one of the many specialties dental health professionals can earn certifications in, as children require more specialized care than adults. These dentists go to dental school for two to three more years to train in child psychology and development to help little patients feel comfortable, safe, and enthusiastic about maintaining their dental health. 

Special Counseling & Recommendations

pediatric dentistThese dentists not only have the training and experience to accommodate children of all ages and needs, but they also offer special counseling. Habits such as sucking their thumb and pacifier use, for example, can cause tooth alignment issues among other dental health problems later on. Pediatric dentists offer counseling and recommendations to help you work with your child and prevent these habits from becoming issues.

Other services and recommendations pediatric dentists specifically provide include measuring small mouths to find the right toothbrush size. They also offer games and toys for children to amuse themselves with before their exams and may provide small, inexpensive toy prizes for little ones to pick from after their teeth cleanings and checkups to promote a relaxing and fun visit. 



If you live in the Eagle River, AK, and need a reliable pediatric dentist, the team at Discovery Dental can ensure your little one receives a thorough exam and cleaning. Specializing in dental care for children and teens since 2013, this welcoming, kid-friendly practice offers emergency and sedation dentistry services. Call (907) 622-5437 to schedule your child’s first appointment. To see a list of their services, visit their website

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