Many of you may be asking yourself “What is the difference in taking my child to a pediatric dentist versus a general dentist?” A pediatric dentist has completed additional training and school for the specific needs of treating children. This means that a pediatric dentist is better prepared to form a more specialized treatment plan for the pediatric or adolescent patient. In addition, a pediatric dentist has an office that is equipped to take care of children’s needs and any apprehension that may occur.

Primary teeth versus Permanent teeth

There are two sets of teeth that one will have during a lifetime:  Primary teeth and Permanent teeth. Primary teeth typically start to appear at the age of seven months usually beginning with the lower front central incisors. The first permanent teeth will appear in the mouth around the age of six years with the first permanent molars.

Fun facts about primary teeth and permanent teeth:

-A typical child’s mouth will have 20 primary teeth.

-A typical adult’s mouth will have 32 permanent teeth (including third molars/wisdom teeth)

-Primary teeth are usually whiter in color than permanent teeth. This is because the enamel on permanent teeth are more mineralized giving them a yellow tint.

-Permanent teeth are usually smaller in diameter than primary teeth

Upcoming events:

Reid & Reid are excited to be involved with sponsoring the following community events and/ or activities:

PB&J 5K and Fun Run organized by the Junior Women’s Club of Hendersonville

Family Mud Fun to benefit Hands On! Children’s Museum

Henderson County Youth Baseball and Youth Softball teams