Pediatric Dentistry is a dental specialty that focuses on the oral healthy of young people. Following dental school, a pediatric dentist has two to three years additional specialty training in the unique needs of infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health needs.
A pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat a child who is having his or her first dental visit, treating early childhood caries and/or overcoming a negative experience in a previous dental or physician’s office. Pleasant visits to the dental office promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime.
A pediatric dentist that is board certified has gone through a rigorous written and clinically examination process with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD). Only dentist that have completed a residency in pediatric dentistry can sit for the board certification examinations. Board certification tests the knowledge and problem solving abilities of a pediatric dentist. Certification by the ABPD provides assurance to the public that a pediatric dentist has successfully completed accredited training and voluntary two part examination process designed to continually validate the knowledge, skills, and experience requisite to the delivery of quality patient care. This extra certification of becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is a rare distinction among pediatric dentists and is designed to provide assurance to the patients that their pediatric dentist has successfully completed the highest level of accredited training in their field. Only half of all certified pediatric dentists achieve this status nationwide.