Why a pediatric dentist?
Just as a child sees a pediatrician for general health, a pediatric dentist will monitor the youngster’s oral health from birth through adolescence! A pediatric dentist has two to three extra years of training after dental school, in which he or she only treats children and patients with special needs and complex medical histories.
We are also specially trained in child psychology and learn behavior guidance techniques to create a positive experience. Not all children are the same; they have individualized needs.
A pediatric dentist focuses not just on the dentistry, but on what specifically will make the visit pleasant for that specific patient. By starting out with positive dental experiences at a young age, it is much more likely the patient will carry this positive outlook into adulthood.
What is a board-certified pediatric dentist?
This means that the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry has certified that the dental care being provided is based on standards of excellence that lead to high-quality oral health care for infants, children, adolescents, and patients with special healthcare needs.
Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that a pediatric dentist has successfully completed accredited training and a rigorous examination process, which is designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills, problem-solving abilities, and experience necessary to deliver the highest quality of patient care.