How Is a Pediatric Dentist Different From Other Dentists?

Many families choose pediatricians for their children’s health care needs since they are age-based specialists and are trained to help children. Choosing an age-based specialist dentist for your child should be treated the same. A pediatric dentist is a professional dentist that is trained to care children’s dental needs. These dentists have completed special courses in dentistry that cater to babies, young children and adolescents who have special needs or need gentler care.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that a student must complete 2-3 years of training to become a pediatric dentist. During those training years, the doctors will have gained extensive experience and knowledge in treating infants, children, and adolescents and their dental needs. A pediatric dentist will also use their expertise and knowledge gained to evaluate and recommend the best products for children to keep their smile healthy. 

A few specialized tasks of pediatric dentists include:

  • Oral health exams for infants
  • Habit counseling
  • Repairing defects or tooth cavities
  • Emergency dental care and care for dental injuries
  • Orthodontics-assessing the early signs of improper bite and teeth straightening

It’s important to note that children aren’t just miniature adults, sometimes they won’t be cooperative during a dental exam and cleaning. Pediatric dentists know how to deal with these situations can examine and treat children in ways that make them comfortable. Also, pediatric dentists will use specially designed equipment in their offices in which they are arranged and decorated with children in mind. You can be assured that a pediatric dentist will provide the best possible care and treatment to your child.

Pediatric dentists enjoy working with children, and bring to each patient our expertise in childhood development and behavior. Starting a good oral hygiene regime young can help your child down the road. If you're looking for a gentle pediatric dentistry specialists, contact the team at the family dentist office Children's Dental Specialists today.

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