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Pediatric Dentists vs. Regular Dentists | Three Main Job Differences

There are many similarities between pediatric dentists and regular dentists. Not everyone who can be a great general dentist can be successful and happy working with children as a pediatric dentist. Learn if pediatric dentistry is right for you.

General Dentists and Pediatric Dentists

All dentists have similar dental training. Pediatric dentists and regular dentists alike must earn an undergraduate degree. After that, they go on to dental school and earn either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). 

After dental school, many dentists open their own practice, go on for their Ph.D or choose to specialize in one of nine dental specialties. Pediatric dentistry is one of these specialties. This is where the differences between pediatric dentists vs. regular dentists begin:

  • Pediatric dentists must complete at least two additional years of training during a pediatric residency. This training includes management and treatment of children's developing teeth, child behavior, physical development and treatment of children with special needs.
  • Pediatric dentists only treat children from infancy through adolescence. General dentists treat patients of all ages.
  • Pediatric dentists are typically paid more than a general dentist because of the extended training, additional skills and special temperament required to effectively treat children.

Pediatric and General Dentists at Kool Smiles

Kool Smiles is looking for both types of dentists. We have current pediatric and regular dentistry openings nationwide, with over 120 locations in 15 states and Washington, D.C.

Kool Smiles general dentists gain valuable experience treating children in our offices, and 74% of Kool Smiles dentists are accepted into specialty residency programs.

Kool Smiles pediatric dentists get to practice what they love in a setting that is family-friendly with colleagues who are fun-loving and passionate about their work. 

Connect with one of our recruiters to learn more about your career options as a pediatric dentist or a regular dentist at Kool Smiles.



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