Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.

The scope of Pediatric Dentistry includes, but is not limited to, behavior guidance, supervision of oral and facial growth and development, care of the medically and developmentally compromised patient, caries prevention and sedation and hospital dentistry.

Pediatric Dentists have expertise and distinctive knowledge directed towards the specific oral health care needs of children throughout their ever-changing stages of development and in treating conditions and diseases unique to growing individuals.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first dental visit should be at 1 year of age. This appointment presents the opportunity for the Pediatric Dentist to assess the infant’s oral health care, identify problems, provide preventive services and parent education and recommend treatment as needed.

(Adapted from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Reference Manual, 2006-07 Definitions, Oral Health Policies, and Clinical Guidelines)