Who is a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are those dentists who are concerned with the maintenance of oral hygiene and the health of infants, children, and teens. They take specialized courses and training to become competent enough to take care of a child’s gums, mouth, and teeth through their childhood.

A pediatric dentist does look into the oral health of infants in special cases. However, generally, they are referred to when a child starts losing their baby teeth at the age of 6-7. During this gap of losing baby teeth and gaining permanent secondary teeth, a pediatric dentist helps the child to maintain dental care to avoid any diseases, complications, or oral decay.

Now that you have a basic idea of who a pediatric dentist is and what they do, here is a small insight into the various services provided by pediatric dentists.

What Types Of Treatments And Services Do Pediatric Dentists Offer?

Pediatric dental care concerns itself with the maintenance of oral hygiene and the health of children, infants, and teens. Children’s pediatric dentistry in our clinic offers the following treatments and services –

  1. It offers to take care of any dental injuries in a child like knocked-out, displaced, or fractured teeth.
  2. Pediatric dental care also offers management of gum diseases. This includes pediatric periodontal disease, mucoceles, short frenulum, and ulcer. 
  3. It helps in the diagnosis of oral conditions that occur due to diseases like hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit, hay fever, congenital heart defect, diabetes, and others.
  4. They can also help in repairing tooth defects or cavities.
  5. In South Carolina, pediatric dentistry also tried to assess and treat any improper bites, straighten teeth if there is any misalignment. 
  6. Sometimes, pediatric dentists also treat children, infants, and teens who suffer from certain habits like thumb sucking and pacifier use when it continues over a certain stage. 
  7. Pediatric dentists also provide fluoride treatments along with teeth cleaning. In certain cases, they also give diet and nutrition recommendations.
  8. In certain cases, these dentists conduct oral health exams, including risk assessment for diseases like caries in both child and mother.

To be efficient in all these above-mentioned treatments and services, pediatric dentists go through thorough and rigorous training. Let us take a look at their training process.

What Training Do Pediatric Dentists Have?

Pediatric dental specialists at our clinic go through rigorous training. They go through 

  1. Four years through dental school
  2. Two additional years of training and residency in dentistry to help them acquaint themselves with teens, children, infants, and children with special needs. 

At Carolina pediatric dentistry, our experts are there for you! If you wish to get more information on pediatric dentistry or wish to book an appointment for your child. Feel free to connect with us for further questions.

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