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Choosing a Pediatric Dentistry

The pediatric dentist is a dentist who takes care of children from a young age to their teens when they switch to a regular dentist. Pediatric dentistry is a privilege that dentists can choose to specialize in. They need to complete four years of dental school and another two years of residency training for special needs infants.

Some treatments that may be offered by a pediatric dentist include:

• Oral health tests for infants

• Preventive dental care that includes fluoride treatment, cleaning and food and nutrient information.

• Counseling for habits such as thumb sucking and pacifier use

• Initial treatment and evaluation for non-biting and straight teeth correction

• Repair defects or cavities

When looking for a pediatric dentist for the first time there are a few things you should look for before you make your choice. To find a good pediatric dentist, you can ask friends and family for advice or you can ask your child's pediatric specialist.

• Get a pediatric dentist who is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, or the American Dental Association.

• To help you find a dentist in your area, you can use the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry search tool

• Find a pediatric dentist who will make your child a comfortable dental experience, especially if they are young and this is the first experience of visiting a dentist

• When looking for a pediatric dentist, consult with your dentist before setting an appointment for your child

• During your consultation, look around the waiting room and examination room to make an assessment of the mood. Is the kid friendly? Is there a kid-sized furniture in the waiting area and does it have a play area?

• Kids get bored easily, especially younger ones, so there are televisions where they can watch cartoons. Are there toys, coloring books, and so on? The needs of children of all ages must be clear.

• When a child sees a dentist for the first time make sure that the dentist interacts with your child and how your child reacts to the dentist and dental assistant. If children are scared or crying, how do they react?

• Are parents allowed to return with the child until the child is comfortable with them.

Here are some things you should look for before choosing a pediatric dentist.


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