Do Pediatric Dentists Cost More
A Pediatric Dentist is a dental professional that specializes in the care of children from the time their teeth come in through the 18th birthday. Even though a Pediatric Dentist is a specialist, they do not necessarily have a higher fee schedule than a general Dentist.
It is best for your child to see a Pediatric Dentist until they age out, regardless of the cost. The average fee for a general check up is $65 to $100 per child per visit. If you have dental insurance through your employer or a plan that you purchased on your own, your children can be added as dependents so you may only have to pay the copay as an out-of-pocket expense.
Why should I take my child to a Pediatric Dentist instead of my Dentist?
Pediatric Dentists and their offices are focused on the care and comfort of young patients. Children are often very difficult to manage in a dental chair and a general Dentist who primarily specializes in adult care, may not have the disposition to deal with children. The doctor and staff at a pediatric office have the experience and training necessary to put children at ease during treatment.
A Pediatric Dentist is also specialized in treating patients with special needs, infants, and toddlers, all of whom can be difficult dental patients. Pediatric offices have the dental tools necessary for treating smaller mouths and smaller teeth. Your general Dentist likely only has tools for adult mouths.
It is important to instill good oral hygiene in your children early to ensure a lifetime of healthy habits. Good oral hygiene can also help prevent the need for restorative treatments in children as well as keeping the cost for their regular visits down. Teaching your children about a healthy diet and how their diet affects their teeth is also beneficial to their overall health. Keep your children away from regularly consuming sugary foods and drinks and encourage brushing after any treats.
How much does a Pediatric Dentist cost?
The cost of dental care for your child aged 1 through 6 can be up to $300 per year, which includes two routine check ups. At these check ups, your child will have preventative care including dental x-rays, a professional cleaning, and a dental exam. The cost for the same treatment of children ages seven through 12 is about $850 per year. For children ages 13 through 18, you may expect to pay up to $1000 per year. These fees do not take into account any work that your child may need, nor does it include orthodontia.
If your child needs braces as they get older, they will need to be seen by an Orthodontist, who will have a different fee schedule.
If you do not have dental insurance or do you not have your children on your plan, there may be financing options available at their dental office.