Pediatric dentists require an extra two to three years of dental training that prepare them in meeting the unique dental needs of infant children and adolescent dental care. This also includes those with special health care needs.
Differentiating itself from regular dentistry pediatric dentistry emphasizes the establishment of trust and confidence in children with their dentists. Consequently one of the main components of pediatric training is child psychology. This manifests itself in special office designs different communication style and an emphasis on teaching preventative dental habits to children in an effort to make dental visits enjoyable.
For children pedodontics place special importance in preventing tooth decay. Studies show that poor oral health care in children lead to decrease school performance and poor social relationships. Therefore pediatric dentists give advice on how to make teeth strong the importance of developing healthy eating habits and other ways to prevent cavities from occurring.
Additionally pediatric dentists work towards the maintenance of primary teeth (baby teeth) until they are naturally lost. This is due to the importance they serve in permitting children to chew properly and therefore maintain good nutrition its role in speech development and the way it aids permanent teeth by saving space for them.
The role of the pediatric dentists changes as children enter adolescence. Recognizing the growing importance of appearance and self-image in their clients pediatric dentists work to ensure that adolescents’ dental needs are met. Preventative dental health care is emphasized and when necessary information is provided to adolescents about subjects such as wisdom teeth tobacco use sealants and oral piercing.