A pediatric dentist is a specialist who is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen-age years. During this "growth" phase of a child, special approaches are needed in dealing with their behavior, and guiding their dental growth and development in order to avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet those needs.
Pediatric dentists have an additional two years of training to acquaint them with the special needs and remedies available to children. In addition to learning the most up-to-date treatments available for a wide variety of children's dental problems, they also learn how to deal with the behavioral aspects of children, how to make them feel comfortable about the treatment they are receiving, and to make the experience pleasant, and not fearful. Pediatric dentists also study child psychology so they can understand children's needs from a different perspective. From the ambience of the office, to the caring professional staff selected by the dentist, the entire practice is built around caring for the children.Additionally, they are trained and qualified to treat special patients, mentally or physically challenged children.
There are many areas of prevention and care that are unique to children which the pediatric dentist is specifically trained to identify, treat and prevent. That is why many parents wisely choose a pediatric dentist for their child's dental needs, just as they choose a pediatrician for their medical needs.