There is a big difference between general dentists and pediatric dentists. While both go to dental school and learn how to perform standard procedures such as cleanings and exams, a pediatric dentist undergoes several years of postgraduate education focusing on pediatric oral health conditions and methods of working and accommodating the specific needs of children.
Here are some reasons why you should choose a pediatric dentist for your child:
WE UNDERSTAND THE MIND OF A CHILD.
Pediatric dentists are trained on the cognitive development of children. We work with patients by acknowledging their dental fears and helping them remain calm during appointments. Pediatric dentists only work with children, so our offices are designed to provide a calm, comforting, and kid-friendly environment.
WE’RE EQUIPPED TO WORK WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN.
Every child is different, and some require special care that pediatric dentists can deliver. Whether it’s attention-deficit disorder or autism, a pediatric dentist can provide individualized, gentle, and safe dental care to your special needs child.
ADULT TEETH AND CHILDREN’S TEETH ARE VERY DIFFERENT.
A pediatric dentist understands the anatomy of a child’s developing teeth and mouth, and we know what tools and treatments are the safest and most effective. We know exactly how to perform the special procedures that will ensure the sustained health of your child’s teeth.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY?
The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) is an organization that certifies pediatric dentists based on standards that lead to high-quality oral health care for children of all ages and patients with special health care needs. Being certified by the APBD ensures that a pediatric dentist has completed all the accredited training as well as an examination process designed to validate the knowledge, skills, and experience that is necessary for quality patient care. Each year, Diplomates renew their certification through continuing education coursework and exams to remain current.
At Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, we take our patient care seriously. Our dentists are specially trained in pediatric dentistry and many of them are board certified. Achieving board-certified status (Diplomate status) is an extra step we take to ensure the best care and expertise is provided to our patients.