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Why See a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentistry offices are colorful, fun, and child-friendly, set up specifically to make a child feel comfortable, safe, and to build trust in the dentist from a very early age.  For some children, especially those who become very anxious or have trouble holding still for a cleaning or procedure, seeing a pediatric dentist can be a helpful step in making sure that smile stays bright and healthy from the start!

What is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists (or pedodontists) are qualified to meet the dental needs of infants, toddlers, school-age children, and adolescents.  Pediatric dentists are required to undertake an additional two or three years of child-specific training after fulfilling dental school requirements.  In addition to dental training, pediatric dentists study child psychology, equipping them to communicate with children in an effective, gentle, and non-threatening manner.

Parents should take children to see a dentist for the following reasons, and can consider going to a pediatric dentist as desired:

  • To ask questions about new or ongoing issues.
  • To discover how to begin a “no tears” oral care program in the home.
  • To find out how to implement oral injury prevention strategies in the home.
  • To find out whether the child is at risk for developing caries (cavities).
  • To receive information about extinguishing unwanted oral habits (e.g., finger-sucking, etc.). 
  • To receive preventative treatments (fluorides and sealants).
  • To receive reports about how the child’s teeth and jaws are growing and developing.

If you have questions or concerns about when to see a pediatric dentist, please contact our office for referrals or recommendations.

 
     

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