What is a Pediatric Dentist?

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Pediatric dentists provide dental care for infants and children through adolescence. Pediatric dentists have additional training beyond dental school for two to three years.These specialty dentists have also received training to care for patients with medical, physical, or mental disabilities. Many pediatric dentists belong to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry emphasizes on building trust with children. Many pediatric dental offices are child friendly and designed to enhance their experience and make visits enjoyable.Family dentists also see pediatric patients but don’t have the additional training to work with pediatric patients like pediatric dentists. You may want to consider a pediatric dentist for your children and not a general dentist.

Pediatric dentists work in private offices, clinics and hospital settings and serve as primary care providers for millions of infants, children, adolescents and patients with special health care needs according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

When should my child receive their first dental visit?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that infants receive their first dental checkup at 6 months.

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Dental care for special needs children
How to reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay
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Pediatric dentists are also known as: pediatric dentistry, pediatric dentist office, peds dentist, peds dentistry, & children's dentist.