Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Which type of dentist is the right choice for your child? A general dentist? Or a pediatric dentist? While the distinction between these two types of dentists may appear inconsequential, choosing a pediatric dentist like Dr. Frank Pettinato at A Safari Dental over a general dentist affords many advantages.

You choose a Pediatrician for your child’s doctor, you should choose a Pediatric Dentist for your child’s dentist

A general dentist's office sees a diverse range of clients each and every day, which means that their offices and standard procedures are not tailored to meet the preferences of young children. Conversely, because we only see younger patients, our office walls are painted with fun safari murals, we feature a range of games in our waiting room, and our staff is able to exclusively focus on making our young patients feel comfortable. We're able to create a kid-focused environment that's warm and welcoming, rather than intimidating.

Expertise in Pediatric Oral Health

As a practice that deals exclusively with young patients, we're particularly attuned to the oral hygiene needs and development issues specific to children. We recognize that children have special dental needs that are different from adults, and we're therefore able to more readily identify potential issues and implement proactive measures to keep your child's smile bright. In fact, dentists who specialize in pediatric dentistry have completed significant additional training that educates them on the unique nature of pediatric dental care. A general dentist will not have this type of training to draw from.

A Positive Dental Experience

Unlike general dentists, pediatric dentists are required study behavior management, child psychology, and strategies for alleviating anxiety. This means that a pediatric dentist like Dr. Frank is uniquely prepared to help young patients who may be nervous about visiting the dentist and can ensure that trips to our office are always positive. Because pediatric dentists are trained to work with children, they're also easily able to develop rapport and better educate children on the importance of oral hygiene.

Full Range of Care 

Pediatric dentists also provide a full range of care; Dr. Frank is able to monitor oral health from the time a child gets his or her primary teeth until the time they reach adulthood. Patients do not have to switch dentists once they reach a certain age in childhood. A Safari Dental also uniquely offers orthodontic services; should your child be in need of braces, he or she will be able to receive orthodontic care from a dentist already known and trusted.

Learn more about why Dr. Frank is the right New Port Richey pediatric dentist for your child and schedule an appointment with us today!

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Meet Your Dentist!

Dr. Frank Pettinato II
  • Board Certified Pediatric Dentist
  • Masters in Science Degree
  • Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry