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The Kids Place - Boerne TX - Pediatric Dentist

The Difference between a Pediatric Dentist & General Dentist

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists, like Dr. Wilkerson, are specialists in treating the unique needs of children. A pediatric dentist is required to complete two-three additional years of specialty training beyond dental school. They also limit their dental practice to treating the oral health needs of infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

Choosing a pediatric practice to trust with the health and beauty of your child’s smile is an important decision. Making a positive first impression at the dentist can influence children’s view of dentistry for the rest of their lives, so it’s important to make sure your child is comfortable with the doctor and staff.

Ideally, your child’s dental experience will be something to remember for the rest of their life. Make sure it will give them something to smile about.

Special Training
Pediatric dentists receive postdoctoral training in child psychology, behavior modification, and pharmacology. Pediatric dentists also undergo yearly training and re-certification to stay current with the most recent developments in technology and patient care.

Education for Parent and Child
Pediatric dentists explain preventive care, hygiene, and treatments in simple, easy-to-understand terms.

A Comfortable Environment
It’s very important for your child to feel comfortable in our office. It is our goal to create a safe place with a fun atmosphere for your child to enjoy.

To schedule an appointment or get any questions answered, fill out our online appointment request form or call us at (830) 239-5411 during regular office hours.

How to Choose a Pediatric Dentist

A Lifetime of Oral Health Starts Early
Pediatric dentists are specialists in treating the unique needs of children. A pediatric dentist has completed two to three years of specialty training beyond dental school. He or she limits the practice to treating the oral health needs of infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

Choosing a pediatric practice to trust with the health and beauty of your child’s smile is an important decision. Making a positive first impression at the dentist can influence children’s view of dentistry for the rest of their lives, so it’s important to make sure your child is comfortable with the doctor and staff.

Ideally, your child’s dental experience will be something to remember for the rest of his or her life. Make sure it will give your child something to smile about.

Selecting a pediatric dentist may seem like a daunting task, so it’s a great idea to ask for a recommendation from someone you trust. Whether it’s a friend, co-worker, or family member, they’ll probably be more than happy to share their child’s dental experience.

Consider education and experience
Once you have a list of a few pediatric dentists, do a little research. Find out about their educational background, where they went to school, and what kinds of continuing education or specialty training they’ve had. Before you set up an appointment, make sure the candidate is a licensed member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. This ensures that he or she remains up to date on the newest and most effective clinical procedures.

Make sure your child is comfortable
It’s very important for your child to feel comfortable with the pediatric dentist. Does the doctor have a pleasant chairside manner? Do you feel like he or she really pays attention to your concerns? Is the staff friendly and helpful? Does the office have a fun atmosphere that your child enjoys? Take all this into consideration when choosing a pediatric dental office.

Ask questions
During your initial consultation, don’t be afraid to ask questions. After all, that’s why you’re there! It’s important for you to understand every aspect of your child’s dental health and the available treatment options. The more informed you are about your child’s dental health, the better decisions you will be able to make.

A few additional things to consider:

  • Is the office located near your home or work to make appointments as convenient as possible?
  • Do they offer extended office hours before or after work and school?
  • What types of insurance does the office work with and what kind of financing do they offer?
  • Do the dentist and staff seem interested in making your child’s experience personalized, or do you feel like “just a number?”
  • Give your child the gift of ideal dental health by visiting a pediatric dentist who truly cares about your child’s health and happiness.

To schedule an appointment or get any questions answered, fill out our online appointment request form or call us at (830) 239-5411 during regular office hours.

Super friendly staff. Our daughter is 11 months old and had her first cleaning. They were very informative and did their best to make all of us comfortable. Glad we picked them to care for our daughter’s teeth.

Amber

We love The Kid’s Place!! Dr. Wilkerson and staff were SO amazing with all my little ones and made it such a fun experience! They are the best, 10/10 would recommend!!

Kayla

Thank you to the staff, Hygienist Lacey, and Dr. Wilkerson. My three year old needed a thorough dental assessment and she loved it. The Kids Place gave me great care, peace of mind, and reassurance in my daughters dental care. Thank you!

Kathryn

We loved our experience with Dr. Wilkerson, Lacy, and Cassandra. They were very patient, fun, and awesome with my kiddos! We are new to Boerne and very grateful to have found The Kid’s Place!

Brittany

Scheduling was simple, efficient and straightforward. We were seen quickly after calling for an appointment. The office staff sent portal information via email as promised. The facility is immaculate and welcoming. My son was happy to be there from the moment we walked through the door. The staff was friendly, personable and organized. The doctor was compassionate, informative and thorough. Appointment was on schedule, so no unnecessary toddler squirminess! I was not rushed and all of my questions were answered.

T. Swan

I’m so glad we found Dr. Wilkerson. He and his staff have been great! It says a lot when your 4-year old goes in to get two caps and is excitedly asking if he can go back to the dentist tomorrow!

Jodi
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