Children have dental needs that are much different from those of adults. Since their bodies (including their mouths, of course) are still developing, they need to visit a dentist who is trained in providing care throughout all childhood stages. Here is a quick look at what it takes to be a pediatric dentist.
Training and Treatments
A pediatric dentist has to have finished at least four years of dental school. He or she also has to complete a two-year residency in treating infants, toddlers and teens.
Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care through childhood. For example, they provide examinations for infants. This examination will typically involve looking for any potential signs of future dental issues. Pediatric dentists also offer preventive care, such as cleanings and nutrition recommendations.
In addition, pediatric dentists diagnose several different conditions affecting the mouth that are linked to certain diseases. These include asthma, diabetes, heart issues, ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and others.
Experience in Dealing With Children
One of the most important things a pediatric dentist does is to make children comfortable. Children can have a hard time staying still and cooperating during a visit to the dentist. It takes special training to help a child remain calm during what can be a trying time.
Caribbean Dental is staffed with pediatric dentists who are experts in keeping children’s mouths healthy and strong no matter what their age. To learn more or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact us online or call (915) 308-1089.