Why should I choose a pediatric dentist for my child?

Pediatric dentists are dental specialists who are dedicated to meeting the dental needs of children and teens. They complete years of intensive training to provide comprehensive, preventive, and restorative dental care specifically focused on infants, toddlers, kids, and teenagers. After completing 4 years of dental school, a dentist must undergo an additional 2 to 3 years of training to be considered a pediatric specialist. A pediatric dentist offers a wide range of treatment options, including:

  • Oral health exams for infants
  • Preventive dental care, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
  • Habit counseling for things such as thumb sucking and pacifier use
  • Early assessment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite
  • Cavity repair
  • Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
  • Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease
  • Care for dental injuries such as fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth