Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the oral health of young people. Pediatric dentists enjoy working with children and bring to each patient their expertise in childhood development and behavior. Following dental school, a pediatric dentist has two to three years additional specialty training in the unique needs of infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health needs.
Pediatric dentistry encompasses all aspects of a patient's oral health from the time the first tooth erupts until he/she becomes an adult. Three key areas of pediatric dentistry include:
- Routine Cleanings
- Tooth Colored Fillings
- Dental Injuries
- Working with Anxious/Fearful Children
- Early Detection
- Fluoride Treatments
- Brushing and Flossing Techniques
- Importance of Balanced Diet
- Behavior Management – Thumb Sucking and Pacifiers
A child's first dental visit should be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday.