“Why should my child see a pediatric dentist?” Pediatric dentists may be described as the “pediatricians of the oral cavity.” Pediatric dentists have received at least two to three additional years of residency education following dental school and are trained in managing medically complex patients and children and adults with special health care needs (SHCN). Pediatric dentists understand each child is unique, and they are dedicated to using appropriate behavior guidance techniques to foster positive dental experiences and encourage good oral health practices at an early age. Additionally, pediatric dentists may elect to pursue board certification through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). As the ABPD describes on its website, “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.” Visit https://www.abpd.org/Content/Who-We-Are.aspx to learn more about pediatric dentistry and the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
What Age Is Pediatric Dentistry?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends an initial dental visit within six months of the eruption of the first baby tooth or by the child’s first birthday. At Camp Smile, we see children from infancy to twenty-one years of age.
What Is The Difference Between a Dentist and a Pediatric Dentist?
Specialty-trained pediatric dentists have completed two to three years of additional education specifically to meet the unique needs of children Why? Pediatric dentists and are versed in advanced procedures specific to child growth and development, child psychology and development, and even surgery. The office environment is fun and colorful and is meant to make children feel comfortable. Pediatric dentists also use special kid-sized equipment (such as smaller x-ray sensors) and state-of-the-art technology to make their appointments as efficient as possible.
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