What is a Pediatric Dentist? Besides our love of working with children and limiting our practice to infants, adolescents, and teens, Pediatric Dentistry is a dental specialty that requires an additional 2 to 3 years of training. This training involves special instruction in the care of children with special needs with an emphasis on behavioral management, child psychology and medical management. Part of this training is completed in a hospital setting alongside medical professionals in order to gain expertise in caring for medically compromised children. Be aware that an office that limits its practice to children but does not specialize in pediatric dentistry will not have this additional training. When in doubt, ask if the dental professionals are pediatric specialists!
Creating a safe environment: A Pediatric Dentist offers a child-friendly office with staff knowledgeable in working with children and skilled at making the visit as pleasant and welcoming as possible. Dental disease can be almost completely prevented by working with a Pediatric Dentist at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatricians, as well as the American Dental Association, recommend a childs first visit by age 1. Regular examinations, proper diet and hygiene, and performing an individual caries risk assessment will set your child on a path to dental health. The best way to ensure a happy dental visit is to start early!
Published in the Jul/Aug 2011 edition of the Old Towne Orange Plaza Review
Article and Photographs provided by Dr. Eddie
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