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What is Pediatric Dentistry
The specialty of pediatric dentistry is dedicated to the oral health of infants, children, young adults, and patients with special needs. Children get their first teeth around 6 months of age, and start to experience their first loose tooth at about 5-6 years. With proper care and attention, children can have teeth which are healthy, and free of tooth decay and oral infections.
What training is required to be a Pediatric Dentists?
A Board Certified Pediatric Dentist has completed the following:
4 years of dental school
2 years of residency focused exclusively on the dental needs of young people and children with special needs
Board Certification is awarded by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. It is a voluntary oral and written exam which endorses the knowledge, skills, and experience of the pediatric dentist.
Why visit a pediatric dentist?
Perhaps the most important role of the Pediatric Dentist is to create an environment that is safe and fun. Pediatric dentists know how to work with children in ways that make them feel comfortable and gives them the tools to establish good habits and a healthy smile.
From evaluating growth and development to managing a young patient's anxiety, pediatric dentists have the knowledge and experience to address your child's dental needs.
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