What is a Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric Dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the oral health and development of children from infancy to late adolescence. After four years of dental school, a pediatric dentist must complete two to three additional years of rigorous study and hands-on training that prepares them to meet the dental needs of infants, children, and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs. This training includes an extensive study of growth and development, child and adolescent psychology, caries prevention, nutrition, behavior management techniques, advanced restorative care, pediatric oral pathology, hospital dentistry, and the management of special needs and medically compromised children.
Why Should I Take My Child to See a Pediatric Dentist?
Your child’s oral health is an important part of their overall health. Establishing a Dental Home for your child with a pediatric dentist provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep them free from oral/dental disease. In our practice, we focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, and strive to stay current on the latest advances in pediatric dentistry.
Many young children and even adolescents have anxieties and fears about going to the dentist. Pleasant visits to the dental office can promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal here at Tooth Town is to help children of all ages and needs feel good about visiting the dentist and to teach them how to care for their teeth and oral cavity. Our special office designs, friendly staff and doctor, and open communication style all express our primary goal of providing the best treatment for your child.
When Should My Child See a Dentist?
Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. This visit will orient the child to the new experience of a dental office. Also, the parents and/or caregivers will receive information on proper oral hygiene habits, nutrition, and diet guidelines. Just as it is important for a child to have well-child check-ups with their pediatrician, it is important for a child to have a Dental Home. Early education and check-ups can lead to a lifetime of good oral hygiene. Tooth Town will partner with parents to help keep children cavity-free.