What is a Pediatric Dentist?

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Having healthy teeth is key in ensuring your child is healthier and happier. Kidsmile recommends fluoride treatment in order to prevent tooth decay and maintain healthy teeth.

Most parents will often go to a pediatrician for their child’s health care needs. It often requires an age-based specialist. Dentists are no different. Pediatric dentists play a huge role in oral medicine.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years of specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. 

Since every child is different, pediatric dentists have a wide range of approaches to help a child complete needed dental treatment. A pediatric dentist makes a recommendation of behavior guidance methods for the child based upon health history, special health care needs, dental needs, type of treatment required, the consequences of no treatment, emotional and intellectual development, and parental preferences. 

Another goal of a pediatric dentist (also spelled as Paediatric Dentist) is to make the dental visits of the children fun, comfortable and enjoyable. The dentist will treat the child throughout adolescence, from baby teeth through braces. Without proper dental care, the permanent teeth of the child will suffer decay. Growing teeth are more vulnerable to dental caries.

A pediatric dentist also makes sure to stop any potential issues that could become problematic over your child’s oral health and growth. They pretty much handle your child’s dental care from infancy until they are almost adults. These dentists are also experts in teaching the parents on how to help their kids break bad habits like thumb-sucking and pacifier dependency. Some of the basic dental treatments they do are oral prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) and fluoride treatments. They can also help parents suggest proper diet and nutrition, like what foods are good and bad for the teeth. 

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