What Is A Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are dentists who specialize in dentistry for children. They’re like pediatric doctors, except they focus on the oral health of your little one.

Education-wise, pediatric dentists receive the same education as a general dentist – 4 years of dental school. However, they go on to pursue two years of residency training that specializes in the field of pediatric dentistry. This specialization gives them the skill set and the experience they require to take care of infants, toddlers, teenagers, and kids with special needs.

Why Is A Pediatric Dentist Important?

Ask any dental expert and they’ll tell you that aside from good oral practices at home, the key to lasting positive oral health is visiting your dentist regularly. Ideally, barring any dental issues, you should be taking a trip to the dental office at least twice a year.

While we’re all aware of how important dentistry is for adults, we sometimes forget that dentistry for children is as important, if not more. With children, adults often tend to delay the first dental visit till the child is considerably grown. When in reality, the first dental visit should happen as soon as the first tooth erupts in the oral cavity, i.e. around 6-7 months of age.

By the time a child turns 6 or 7 years old, their baby teeth start to fall out and are replaced by the adult teeth. If a child isn’t used to dental visits and proper dental care, their teeth are at risk of disease and decay. These in turn can cause a lifetime of discomfort and pain. Dental caries that occur in childhood are 7 times more common than hay fever and witnessed 5 times more than asthma. This makes taking your child to the dentist as early as possible all the more important.

What Are The Different Treatments Available With A Pediatric Dentist?

Does River Rock Dental Have A Dedicated Pediatric Dentist?

At River Rock Dental, we understand that children have specific needs when they visit a dentist. We also realize how important these visits are, especially when it comes to your child’s overall developmental health. Hence, we strive to offer reassurance and trust.

Additionally, the staff at River Rock Dental works hard to make sure that not only your child feels safe in our environment, but so do you. Any questions that a parent might have, we take the time to answer. Furthermore, we also try to have these conversations with your little one – but in simpler words. Because we’re aware of how important it is to communicate.

So if you have any questions regarding your child’s dental health, please don’t hesitate to call us at (952)-445-5556.