What is a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist is the dental equivalent to a pediatrician. Both specialists begin to see children at a young age to evaluate health, educate parents, and intervene early before problems arise. Like the pediatrician, the pediatric dentist is trained to treat children from infancy through adolescence. He or she has extra years of residency in specialized pediatric training after the required four years of dental school. By establishing your child's dentist early, your child will already have a good dental home if an emergency or accident arises. Early dental care of those new teeth prevents childhood dental decay (still prevalent in many children). The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children have their first dental visit by their first birthday.