A Pediatric Dentist Is Different Than a Regular Dentist

A Pediatric Dentist Is Different Than a Regular Dentist
Posted on 08/16/2016

A Pediatric Dentist Is Different Than a Regular Dentist

Because many people do not realize that there is a distinct difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist that sees children, our Glenview and Chicago children's dentistry practice would like to offer the following information regarding the differences between the two dental professions.

General Dentists

While most general dentists offer their services to children, general dentists do not have to undergo any additional education past the required four years of dental school. These dentists are not trained in kid-specific issues such as providing sedatives specifically for children, treating children under general anesthesia or behavioral guidance techniques which help win the trust of young patients while adapting to each individual child's behavior.


While a general dentist may have a few magazines for kids or a couple of games to keep children occupied before being treated, most general dentist offices are simply not designed with kids in mind. This can lead to children feeling scared and intimidated wherein they may develop a long-term fear of dentists.

Pediatric Dentists

Pediatric dentists are often referred to as the pediatricians of dentistry. These dental professionals specialize in providing comprehensive, preventative and therapeutic dental care specifically to children. A pediatric dentist will offer his or her services to children of all ages from infants through the teenage years including children with special needs. Pediatric dentists have completed four years of dental school plus two additional years of residency training where they learn how to provide children with the specialized dental care they need. 

A pediatric dentistry practice is a very kid-friendly office environment where both the dentist and staff loves working with children and knows how to speak "kid talk". Pediatric dental offices are not only kid-friendly but they're also kid-sized as everything is smaller, more colorful and far less intimidating.

Dr. Yum is one of the leading certified pediatric dentists in Chicago. She and the rest of the team at our practice takes great pride in the exceptional dental care we offer to children of all ages in our fun, relaxing & inviting office we've designed just for kids. We've got all the things kids love like fun posters at every turn, colorful rugs, plenty of games, etc., all designed to keep kids happy!

Schedule Your Child's Visit Today

If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please complete the Appointment Request form. With two office locations in Glenview and Chicago, we make it convenient and easy to bring your child to our practice! We love meeting new patients and their families and truly look forward to seeing you soon where we're passionate about helping our patients achieve and maintain amazing smiles!