Do you need a pediatric dentist in Indianapolis IN?
Parents naturally want the best for their children. They may believe that finding medical practitioners who treat only children equates to the best possible care for their little ones. In truth, there are a lot of benefits to one dentist treating the whole family. This article will help you understand the concept of a family dentist versus a pediatric dentist, and how Dr. Matthew Church at Washington Street Dentistry in Indianapolis IN approaches pediatric dental care.
The pediatric dentist
The American Dental Association recognizes a pediatric dental specialist as a dentist who has completed at least 24 months of advanced education in a program approved by the Commission on Dental Accreditation. A pediatric dentist provides primary and comprehensive oral health care for infants through the age of adolescence ONLY.
Your family dentist
A general dentist has the same background as a pediatric dentist, up to the point of specialization. All dentists licensed in the state of Indiana must complete at least 20 hours of continuing education every two years. While some topics such as ethic are mandatory, the focus of the majority of those hours is up to the individual. Some general dentists have a great deal of specialized training in pediatric care, as well as a wealth of experience in that area. The biggest difference is that their practice is not limited to children only.
Why choose a family dentist?
Dr. Church has been treating families in the Indianapolis area since 1998. By seeing multiple members and generations of the same family, he develops a deep knowledge of hereditary medical history – an important factor in oral health. Dr. Church is well-equipped to advise on your child’s dental treatment now, with consideration for future care. It is convenient to schedule appointments on the same day, rather than having to take more time off and travel to an additional location. Best of all, your children won’t have to switch to a new dentist when they become teenagers (often a vulnerable stage in oral development). They can continue in the care of people they know and in a familiar setting.
Call Washington Street Dentistry today at (317) 333-6788 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Church. We want to be the dental support team for your child and your whole family!