Pediatric dentistry primarily focuses on children from birth through adolescence. The American Dental Association (ADA), recognizes pediatric dentistry as a specialty, and therefore requires dentists to undertake two or three years of additional training after completing a general dentistry degree.
Some pediatric dentists (pedodontists) opt to specialize in oral care for children with special needs; specifically children with autism, varying levels of mental retardation, or cerebral palsy.
What Does a Pediatric Dentist Do?
Pediatric dentists take care of your child’s overall oral health and hygiene. They place particular emphasis on the proper maintenance and care of deciduous (baby) teeth, which are instrumental in facilitating good chewing habits, proper speech production, and also hold space for permanent teeth.
Elgin Child Care Treatments:
- Pacifiers and Thumb Sucking
- Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
- When Should Children Have Their First Dental Visit?
- First Visit
- When Will My Baby Start Having Teeth?
- Care for Your Child’s Teeth
- Early Orthodontic Treatment
- Eruption of Your Child’s Teeth
- Does Your Child Grind His or Her Teeth at Night?
- Dental Emergencies
- Perinatal and Infant Oral Health
- Dental Radiographs (X-Rays)