PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY


A child’s first dental experience can influence their outlook towards healthcare for a lifetime to come. Our pediatric dentists provide special care to ensure your children will love going to the dentist.

Pediatric Dentistry

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that every child has a first dental check up by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. The first dental visit includes oral hygiene instruction, discussion about fluoride needs, dietary guidance, and anticipatory guidance to help caregivers and parents know how to care for their children’s teeth and to keep good oral hygiene so that the children can remain cavity-free. Cavities can cause pain and other medical issues (e.g. infection). Baby teeth do much more than serve as “training wheels” while the adult teeth are forming.

Baby teeth:

  1. help to chew food well and properly
  2. maintain spacing for permanent teeth to erupt
  3. help learn to speak clearly
  4. help to smile with confidence

An early first dental checkup followed by regular dental check-ups establishes trust and confidence between children and their dentists, and helps to prevent cavities.
Pediatric dentists have two to three additional years of training beyond dental school to meet the unique dental needs of infants and children through adolescents. The additional training includes management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical and dental growth and development, and special needs within children’s dentistry. Therefore, pediatric dentists understand and recognize the whole development of children not just the oral cavity.

Pediatric dentists require an extra two to three years of dental training to meet the unique dental needs of infant, children, and adolescent dental care. Pediatric dentistry emphasizes the establishment of trust and confidence between children and their dentists. One of the main components of pediatric training is child psychology. Pediatric Dentists utilize special office designs, different communication styles, and an emphasis on teaching preventative dental habits to children in an effort to make dental visits pleasant for our young patients.


What’s the Difference Between a Pediatric Dentist and a Regular Dentist?

A pediatric dentist has at least two additional years of training beyond dental school. The additional training focuses on management and treatment of a child’s developing teeth, child behavior, physical growth and development, and the special needs of children’s dentistry.

The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating and other medical issues. Youngsters with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics say that every child should visit a dentist by age 1 – or as soon as the first tooth appears. This “well baby visit” teaches parents and caregivers how to care for their children’s teeth and help them remain cavity-free.

The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating and other medical issues. Youngsters with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.