When should my child start seeing a pediatric dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you should schedule your child's first dental appointment once the first tooth has erupted. This usually occurs by 1 year of age. As soon as a child has teeth, those teeth are subject to decay. The primary concern in very young children is "Early Childhood Caries" also known as "baby bottle tooth decay," which can be avoided with early prevention and home care.
Following the first visit, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests follow-up visits twice a year for preventative care.
Why should I see a Pediatric Dentist?
While all dentists are trained to see any age patients, a Pediatric Dentist limits his practice exclusively to treating children, ranging from infants to teenagers. After completing a four year dental program, two to three additional years or rigors training is required to specialize as a pediatric dentist. The additional training and hands on experience, including advanced behavior management techniques, prepares pediatric dentists to meet the unique needs of infants, children, and adolescents, including children with special needs. We keep current on the lasted advances in dentistry for children and must complete continuing education courses specific to pediatrics.
What is a board certified Pediatric Dentist?
A board certified Pediatric Dentist or Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics Dentistry has become certified through an examination that continuously validates their knowledge, skills, and experience for delivering quality patient outcomes. They provide assurances to the public that a board certified pediatric dentist has successfully completed accredited specialty training. ABPD values a health professional's commitment to lifelong learning. ABPD values candidates' and Diplomates' desire to practice pediatric dentistry at the highest level and their commitment to constantly reevaluate their practices in light of the most recent scientific evidence. ABPD recognizes the value of renewal of certification and continuing education for health professionals.