What does a pediatric dentist do?
Pediatric dentists are specialists who only treat children and patients with special needs. Although we provide most of the same services provided by general dentists, we do so with specialized equipment and a little more patience and understanding. There are also some treatments that are unique to pediatric patients, like baby root canals and pediatric dental crowns for primary teeth.
What is the difference between a dentist and a pediatric dentist?
Because pediatric dentistry is a specialty, it means that after graduating from dental school, pediatric dentists go on to receive an additional two to three years of education and training to prepare them for treating the unique dental needs (and temperaments!) of children.
Should my child see a pediatric dentist?
We believe that just as most children see pediatricians for their healthcare, they should see pediatric dentists for their dental care. As specialists, we have more training, more knowledge, and more experience in treating young patients. We chose this specialty because we love working with kids—all three of our locations are designed with children in mind and our staff goes above and beyond to make sure each of our patients feels at ease when they walk through our doors.
When should kids start seeing a dentist?
We agree with the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that children should start seeing a dentist around the age of 12 months or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth, whichever comes first. The purpose of these early visits is to help parents and caregivers understand how to care for their children’s teeth and also to familiarize children with our office and staff so they’re comfortable with dental visits.
How often do kids need to go to the dentist?
Kids, adults, and everyone in between all need to go to the dentist every six months for routine oral examinations and dental cleanings. Along with good home oral hygiene habits, these regular dental visits are one of the most important steps you can take to keep your child’s teeth and gums healthy.