A pediatric dentist is one who specializes in the dental care of infants of around 6 months of age (6 months is the usual age when a child gets their first tooth) until their early teenage years. Their education and training make them the optimal choice for your child’s oral health.
Pediatric dentists are trained in all areas of oral care including overall health exams, preventive dental care like fluoride treatments, oral disease diagnosis and treatment, counsel for good and bad oral habits, diet and nutrition plans, tooth repair, dental injury repair, monitoring oral growth and development and assessing the need for orthodontics, safely and properly administering anesthetics, and correctly interpreting x-rays along with other diagnostics. They are also trained to help children feel comfortable before, during and after dental procedures.
Training to become a pediatric dentist requires 4 years of dental schooling along with child development courses, classes in psychology and a 2 -year residency working with infants, young children, children with special needs and teenagers. If they are going to start their own practice, which most do, some business management courses will be included in their curriculum as well. They then need to pass The National Board Dental Examination administered by the ADA (American Dental Association).