What Is A Pediatric Dentist?

The pediatric dentist is the pediatrician of dentistry. Each pediatric dentist completes two to three years of specialized training after dental school, which is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years, including those with special medical or developmental needs. Infants, toddlers, pre-school, school aged, pre-teens, teenagers and those children with special needs all benefit from specialized and individualized care tailored to their unique developmental stage, personality, temperament, previous experiences, and medical needs. The pediatric dentist’s main goal is preventing dental disease along with building a positive dental experience to last a life-time.

The pediatric dentists extra training includes extensive study in childhood development, cranio-facial growth, nutrition, oral health and prevention, treatment of the medically and developmental compromised, behavioral guidance, interceptive orthodontics, pediatric dental restorative treatment, and utilization of medications to sedate the child both in office and the hospital setting. This specialized training allows the pediatric dentist to use a variety of techniques to best care for the child both dentally and psychologically.

The pediatric dentist knows how to make your child feel comfortable. They hand pick their dental team and construct their offices with the best interests of the child in mind. Children feel welcome when they see an environment especially designed for them. Friendly faces, bright colors, toys, video games, and children’s movies all communicate to the child that “this is a special place for children” which reduces anxiety and helps the child feel at ease.


What is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist?

A Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is a pediatric dentist whose credentials have been verified, who has successfully completed voluntary examinations, and who demonstrates specialized knowledge and skill. A Diplomate is dedicated to providing exceptional patient care through a voluntary commitment to lifelong learning.


Do I Need A Referral From My Family or General Dentist to be Seen by a Pediatric Dental Specialist?

No. You can call our office to make an appointment anytime without a referral from your family or general dentist.


Further Reading:

General Scientific Method to Pediatric Dental Care (AAPD)