This blog will hopefully give you a better idea of how pediatric dentists differ from general dentists.
For starters, pediatric dentists have the option of doing postgraduate work in children's hospitals. During their training, they learn about kid-specific issues such as sedatives specifically for children, treating children under general anesthesia and "behavior guidance," which focuses on winning patients' trust and adapting to a child's behavior: It can be pretty challenging for a 3-year-old who has a cavity and needs local anesthetic to sit still to get that tooth fixed.
Pediatric dentists in training also do research projects. A typical project, for example, could look at cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth and how the amount can be determined.
Pediatric dentists have to have the right personality for treating children. The people who get into this profession ... they don't get burned out on kids who are crying or stressed out.
Pediatric dentistry places great emphasis on prevention. Parents are now advised to take their children for a well-child dental exam by their first birthday or within six months of their first tooth erupting. That first exam consists mainly of talking about prevention, which includes factors such as hygiene, diet and nursing, he said.
Pediatric dentistry also takes a whole-household approach to cavity prevention because a family's lifestyle affects a child's dental health.
For more information on pediatric dentistry, contact Today’s Dental of Boxborough.