What does pediatric dental care involve?
For many, finding the right pediatric dentist for your child can be a struggle. Pediatric dental care differs in key ways from adult dentistry. Treating children’s dental health requires a specialized understanding of children’s teeth and pediatric development as well as a basic understanding of how to engage with children as patients.
Pediatric dentists care for children’s teeth and gums from roughly the age of one. Because of the complexities of dental development, pediatric dentists spend years in residency gaining a specialized understanding of children’s teeth — from their initial stages to the onset of permanent adult teeth.
Pediatric dentists also teach children how to maintain good dental hygiene and help them become comfortable with regular trips to the dentist. Beyond an understanding of dental development, pediatric dentists must be equipped to interact with children, communicate regularly with parents, and create a stress-free environment for patient care.