Pediatric Dentistry is an age-specific specialty that provides comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs. Dentists who specialize in pediatrics work in coordination with other health care providers and members of social disciplines for the benefit of children. Plus, they receive an additional two years of training on the special oral health needs of children. Pediatric dentists are specifically trained on how to make children feel comfortable about dental treatment and how to make the experience as pleasant as possible for children and parents. In addition, they have received extensive training on treating mentally or physically challenged children.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION ARE REQUIRED FOR PEDIATRIC DENTISTS?
A pediatric dentist must complete a minimum of 24 months in an advanced education program accredited by the
Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA). These programs are designed to provide special knowledge and skills beyond DDS or DMD training. Directed toward the best ways to care for children.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEDIATRIC SPECIALISTS?
Pediatric dentistry encompasses a variety of disciplines, techniques, procedures, and skills that are common with other specialties. However, pediatric dentistry is modified and adapted to the specific needs of infants, children, adolescents, and those with special health care needs. In addition to traditional fields of dentistry, pediatric dentistry encompasses disciplines such as behavior guidance, care of developmentally compromised and disabled patients, supervision of orofacial growth and development, and hospital dentistry. These skills are applied to meet the oral health needs of children throughout their ever-changing stages of development.
WHY WOULD A PARENT CHOOSE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?
Just as a parent chooses a pediatrician for their child’s medical needs, they should select a pediatric dentist for their child’s oral health care. Pediatric dentists are specifically trained to identify and treat the many areas of oral care that are unique to children.