Pediatric Dentistry 101
No fluff here. We’re ready to talk about everything you would want to know about Pediatric Dentistry. So, let’s dive right in.
What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists are dedicated to children’s oral health from infancy through the teen years. They have experience and qualifications to care for a child’s teeth, gums and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
What kind of training do Pediatric Dentists Have?
Pediatric dentistry is a specialty in dental school that requires additional training. These programs typically take 2-3 years to complete. This is on top of the four years of study to earn a Doctor of Dental Surgery or Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. This specialty training focuses on treating infants, children, and teens. The extensive training includes treatment of children under sedation and anesthesia, and management of growth and development issues related to the mouth, head, and face. Most importantly, pediatric dentists are trained to manage both the preventative and invasive treatment of a child in the least traumatic and friendly way possible.
What types of treatments do pediatric dentists provide?
Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral healthcare that includes the following:
- Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for cavities in mother and child
- Preventative dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
- Preventative dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments
- Nutrition and diet recommendations for a healthy mouth
- Habit counseling for pacifiers and thumb sucking
- Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite
- Repair of tooth cavities or defects
- Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease
- Care for dental injuries like fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth
Is Pediatric Dentistry the best kind of dental care for your child?
Children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. That’s why pediatric dentists are specially trained to examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable. They also use specially designed equipment in offices that are arranged and decorated with children in mind. So, in short, yes. Seeing a pediatric dentist is the best kind of dental care for your child.
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