What Is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentists are dentists for kids who specialize in treating toddlers to teens and sometimes young adults. To become a pediatric dentist, a general dentist is required to complete a two- or three-year post-graduate pediatric residency program.
When it comes to dental care, children can be a handful. On top of that, a child who is experiencing tooth pain can be even more difficult to treat. The supplemental training a pediatric dentist receives includes subjects like child psychology and development, providing the training these specialists need to make dental appointments easier for the child as well as for the parent.
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With 14 locations across San Antonio, Amarillo and Dallas-Fort Worth, chances are there’s a Smile Workshop near you — and a dedicated team of dental professionals that’s just a phone call away.
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Why Do You Need a Pediatric Dentist?
Children’s dentistry is very different from adult dentistry. Just as a pediatric doctor is trained in diseases and preventive care for children’s unique needs, a pediatric dentist understands the challenges and issues surrounding your child’s developing teeth, gums and jaw structure. Board-certified pediatric dentists are specifically trained on pediatric facial anatomy and the unique diseases and issues that tend to occur during childhood, when the teeth and jaws undergo a rapid period of growth.
Plenty of kids develop dental anxiety — a reaction that can follow them for the rest of their lives. At Smile Workshop, our pediatric dentists know how to communicate with children, carefully explaining what they are doing and taking extra steps to make sure they remain comfortable and relaxed throughout their visit. We can also help kids (and parents) understand why it’s so important to care for their teeth and gums, as well as teaching them the habits they need to take good care of their teeth at home.
How Pediatric Dental Checkups Can Improve Your Child’s Health
One of the most important gifts you can give your child is the gift of better health. Having regular pediatric dental checkups lays the foundation for a lifetime of beautiful smiles and healthy teeth and gums. At each checkup and cleaning, our team of skilled dentists and hygienists removes plaque and tartar buildup that can cause a host of problems with both “baby” and “adult” teeth.
Checkups and cleanings also provide your family dentist with an opportunity to evaluate your child for cavities and other potential problems, like overcrowding, alignment or issues with their bite mechanics. And of course, a pediatric dentist can provide you and your child with guidance and information about potential treatment options and at-home care to keep their smiles beautiful and healthy.