Pediatric Dentistry

Protecting Your Child′s Oral Health

Pediatric Dentistry Is Different

In the same way that pediatricians are trained to meet a child′s medical needs, our pediatric dental specialists are uniquely qualified to protect your child′s oral health. They use the most advanced techniques and provide treatment in our delightfully friendly open treatment area.

In addition to the usual four years of dental school and four years of college study, pediatric dentists participate in an additional two to three years of training at university pediatric facilities. They learn how to deal with the behavioral aspects of children, how to make them feel comfortable, and how to make the experience pleasant. They are also trained and qualified to treat special needs patients. Many pediatric dentists even practice general dentistry before specializing, giving them a unique perspective.

Pediatric dentists start seeing patients at a younger age, too. We want to examine your child′s mouth at 1 year old. That way, we can help educate parents in proper preventive dental habits, which can reduce your child′s tooth decay rate by up to 50 percent. Unfortunately, the majority of general dentists do not want to examine your child until they are at least 3 years old, at which point children often already have tooth decay.

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FAQ

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Why choose a pediatric dentist?

Early dental visits with a Pediatric Dental Specialist are important to your child′s oral health. The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain, trouble concentrating and other medical issues. Youngsters with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.

What is the difference between a pediatric dentist and a family dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. A pediatric dentist has two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his or her practice to treating children only. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

In order to prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his or her first birthday.

What do I need to know about baby teeth?

Childhood tooth decay is the #1 chronic childhood illness. When left untreated, childhood tooth decay can have devastating consequences that extend beyond the dental chair. Regular visits to a Pediatric Specialist are important to building longterm healthy habits.

Virtually Painless Procedures

Now available to you, Solea is a powerful dental laser that replaces the dental drill in the majority of procedures in our practice. It causes virtually no pain, vibration or noise. In fact, nearly every patient skips anesthesia because they just don't need it. Solea is our way of keeping you happy. Because more than anything, we love to see you smile.

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