Dentistry For Kids
Children may have a hard time going to see the dentist. They get scared, uncomfortable, impatient, or restless. Pediatric dentists have the interpersonal skills and training necessary to provide gentle dental care to children and education for their parents in a welcoming and professional atmosphere.
Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty recognized by The American Dental Association. Pediatric dentists complete a two to three year training program after dental school. Pediatric dentists are required to complete a pediatric dentistry program after dentistry school. The program is two to three years of residency training in a hospital with pediatric specialists, providing treatment to children and infants who have severe dental emergencies. They learn orthodontics, often working with teens.
Pediatric dentists learn to care for children with higher sensitivities and special needs by assisting experienced pediatric specialists. Our team focuses on the importance of gentler care and respect for the needs of children, infants, adolescents, and children with special needs or disabilities. Allow Division Smiles Family Dental to be your child's trusted dentistry provider.
Pediatric dentists perform oral exams, fillings, orthodontics, and preventative dental care. They use their interpersonal skills to encourage and educate children on how to develop good oral hygiene habits, also educating parents along the way, making them feel engaged and confident in aiding their children's oral health at home. Dental caries, also known as cavities, are highly common in children.
Children begin to lose their first set of teeth around age six or seven, and their permanent teeth grow in soon after. Without proper dental care, these stages in childhood and the issues that accompany them can lead to a lifetime of complications. The main difference between general dentists and pediatric dentists is their specialization in dentistry for children and their trained interpersonal skills.
For children that need to undergo extended treatment procedures, pediatric dentists often offer sedation or anesthesia so that the child does not experience any shock from the treatment. The gums, teeth, and mouths of both children and teens undergo major changes as they grow up. Pediatric dentists are trained to perform the wide spectrum of dental needs that these growing kids require.
A pediatric dentist can provide dental care to a patient for years, from the time they are born, until they're off to college. The dental office can help provide families with a very neighborly sense of community.
Finding a Pediatric Dentist
To find a pediatric dentist, you can get a referral from a general dentist or your child's pediatrician. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry provides a dentist search tool on their website that you can use for finding pediatric dentists with the right qualifications.
Pediatric dentists often teach or work in dental schools and hospital training facilities. You could reach out to your local hospital or dental training school for recommended dentists. Our team at Division Smiles Family Dental is always learning more through our practice of pediatric dentistry to stay abreast of the latest technologies and developments in our field. If you are seeking a pediatric dentist, we assure you that our team is here for your family, ready to provide your children with the best of care. Call us at (971) 978-0293 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.