Pediatric dentistry primarily focuses on children from birth through adolescence. The American Dental Association (ADA), recognizes pediatric dentistry as a specialty, and therefore requires dentists to undertake two or three years of additional training after completing a general dentistry degree.
One of the most important components of pediatric dentistry is child psychology. Pediatric dentists are trained to create a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for visiting children, and always avoid threatening words like “drill,” “needle,” and “injection.” Dental phobias beginning in childhood often continue into adulthood, so it is of paramount importance that children have positive experiences and find their “dental home” as early as possible.
Pediatric dentists fulfill many important functions pertaining to the child’s overall oral health and hygiene, with particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth. These teeth are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
If you have questions or concerns about pediatric dentistry, please contact our office today and schedule an appointment.