The sooner children meet their dentist, the healthier their teeth will stay throughout their lives.
When a child goes to the doctor, they see a pediatrician. When they go to the dentist, they can see a specialist too. A pediatric dentist is a dentist who specializes in treating children through adolescence. It’s a great option to teach kids about their teeth and how to keep them clean and healthy, all in a kid-friendly and comfortable environment.
A pediatric dentist receives two or more years of advanced, specialized education after earning their DDS/DMD degree in dental school. A pediatric dentist focuses on pediatric and adolescent growth and development, disease and prevention, child psychology and management, and all aspects of the highly specialized pediatric restorative techniques.
Pediatric dentists emphasize the establishment of trust and confidence in children with their dentists. They also specialize in the care of special needs patients. This includes children with medical complexities as well as children with sensory integrative sensitivities.
When choosing a pediatric dentist, look for someone with experience, someone who offers a variety of services, and someone who genuinely loves working with kids! They’ll go out of their way to make sure your child has a great experience, and looks forward to (or at least doesn’t dread) visiting the dentist.