Dentistry for Kids
Children often have a hard time going to the dentist. They might be nervous and restless. Pediatric dentists have the experience and interpersonal skills your child needs so they can be comfortable and look forward to going to the dentist.
At Schnierow Dental Care, we provide gentle dental care and education for parents in a comfortable, fun, and professional atmosphere. Pediatric dentistry is the field of oral health centered around children. This specialty is recognized by The American Dental Association. Pediatric dentists complete a two to three year training program after dental school. This program focuses on the importance of gentler care for children, infants, adolescents, and children with special needs or disabilities.
What Training Do You Need to Become a Pediatric Dentist?
All pediatric dentists are required to complete a pediatric dentistry program once they finish dentistry school. The pediatric dentistry program is two to three years of residency training in a hospital, working with children and infants who have more severe dental emergencies. They learn orthodontic teeth straightening methods, often working with teens. Pediatric dentists learn to care for children with higher sensitivities and special needs in a safe, educational environment alongside experienced pediatric specialists.
What Procedures Do Pediatric Dentists Perform?
Pediatric dentists perform the same range of procedures as general dentists. They provide the necessary dental care for children as they change and develop over the various stages of their childhood. They can provide care for a patient from the time they are born until adulthood.
Many patients often stay with their dental provider into adulthood. Pediatric dentists perform oral exams, fillings, orthodontics, and preventative dental care. They are good at encouraging and educating children to develop good oral hygiene habits, also educating parents along the way, making them feel engaged and confident in caring for their children's oral health at home.
Children begin to lose their first set of teeth around age six or seven, their permanent teeth grow in soon after. Dental caries, also known as cavities, are highly common in children. Without proper dental care, these stages in childhood can lead to a lifetime of complications. For children with anxiety or special needs that undergo extended treatment procedures, pediatric dentists can offer sedation or anesthesia.
How Can I Find a Pediatric Dentist?
Ask your general dentist or your child's pediatrician for recommendations. General dentists and pediatricians will often refer patients to these specialists. It is likely your pediatrician or general dentist will have a few recommendations for local pediatric dentists. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry provides a dentist search tool for finding dentists with the right qualifications. Pediatric dentists often teach or work in dental schools and hospital training facilities.
At Schnierow Dental Care, we keep a safe and welcoming atmosphere for the families in our community. We aim to do so by respecting the needs of the children that trust us to provide their dental care. We create an easygoing, fun, encouraging, and educational experience. If your child’s pediatrician has recommended they see a pediatric dentist, call us at (424) 383-5005 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.