Pediatric Dentists promote the dental health of children as well as serve as an educational resource for parents.
WHO IS A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?
Pediatric dentistry is the branch of dentistry dealing with infants, children, adolescence and special need patients. Pediatric dentists typically require an extra two to three years of post-doctoral training after attaining their dental degree.
WHY SEE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?
Pediatric dentistry emphasizes the establishment of trust and confidence in children with their dentists. Consequently, one of the main components of pediatric training is child psychology. This manifests itself in special office designs, different communication styles and an emphasis on teaching preventative dental habits to children in an effort to make dental visits enjoyable.
WHEN SHOULD YOU SEE A PEDIATRIC DENTIST?
It is recommended by the Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that the first dental visit should occur approximately six months after your child's first tooth erupts and no later than age one.
GENERAL DENTIST VS. PEDIATRIC DENTIST: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
Pediatric dentists can offer the specialized focus on your child that general dentists may not be prepared or inclined to offer.
Unlike a general dentist, a pediatric dentist has two to three years of additional training. This program of study and hands-on experience emphasizes child psychology, growth and development. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children - not always the most cooperative of subjects - in ways that make them comfortable and safe. The pediatric dental office is child-centric. It is specially designed, arranged, decorated with children in mind.
After a dental examination, the pediatric dentist may present information on: