What is the Difference Between a Family Dentist and a Pediatric Dentist?
A general dentist (often called a family dentist) treats patients of all ages. Graduation from a four-year accredited dental school is required to become a general dentist in the U.S. Some general dentists advertise that they are a child-only office, but they do not have the additional training that sets pediatric dentists apart. When selecting a pediatric dentist, look for the word “pediatric” in the title or call their office and ask if the dental provider is a “licensed pediatric dentist.”
A pediatric dentist specializes in caring for infants, children, and adolescents – much like a pediatrician compared to a family physician. Pediatric dentists complete 2 (or more) years of additional training in a pediatric residency program in addition to their 4-year dental school training. A pediatric dental residency focuses on the psychological, developmental, emotional, social, and physical needs of infants, children, and adolescents (including individuals of any age with special healthcare needs) regarding their oral health.
What Does it Mean
To be a Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist?
Dr. Courtney Matthew Jackson not only completed dental school and a pediatric dental residency, but went above and beyond by becoming Board-Certified. Board certification takes additional time and personal expense. Board-Certification is not required to obtain a pediatric dentist degree. It’s a set of rigorous exams performed after residency (and in front of a board of directors at the national level) to prove you have the knowledge, competence, and skills to be the best in the industry! Dr. Jackson is one of only a few Board-Certified Pediatric Dentists in the State of Idaho and the only Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist in the State of Wyoming!
This dedication to pediatric dentistry has enabled Dr. Jackson to understand, diagnose and treat young patients according to their unique needs with the extra tools and resources acquired by his extensive training. You can expect Dr. Jackson to understand the complex needs of your child, from eruption patterns in your infant to the delicate nature of anxiety or dental trauma in older children, and from the balance of a developing tooth bud to maintaining the space in a growing mouth after an extraction – plus everything in between!
Clubhouse Pediatric Dentistry has created a reassuring atmosphere of acceptance and understanding with this knowledge. Children are developing children, not miniature adults. We expect and encourage them to behave as such! It’s okay if they want to talk or shout or laugh or cry. Every effort has been made to meet their needs. From calming colors, games, and prizes to smaller equipment and kid-friendly terminology, we strive to promote understanding between child, parent, and doctor.
What to Expect
From Clubhouse Pediatric Dentistry?
- A warm and welcoming environment
- Being treated with kindness and consideration
- A board-certified pediatric dentist with years of training and experience
- Cutting-edge technology and the most current advances in dentistry
- Getting the highest-quality dental care available
- Doctor time – every time!