Why a Pediatric Dentist?

Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. Just as a pediatrician develops special talents, skills and knowledge for working with children, a pediatric dentist is able to more effectively care for the dental needs of young people. Modern dentistry is not scary, but a visit to the dentist can still be an intimidating thing for little ones. There are so many unique things that happen at a pediatric dental office to help make your child’s experience a great one!

Children’s mouths change so quickly–babies start teething around 6 months old, and continue to lose and gain new teeth all the way through their teenage years. So many things happen developmentally during this time, and pediatric dentists are specifically taught to know what is best at each stage of this process. Dr. Rob will complete a detailed exam of your child’s oral health, and based on his or her specific situation, will make recommendations for the best care in the future.

Pediatric dentists have a lot of training! In addition to a bachelors degree and a dental degree, pediatric dentists complete a two-year residency program that includes specialty classes and on-the-job treatment of children with various dental needs.

Pediatric dentists also receive advanced training in the use of conscious sedation and general anesthesia, child psychology/child growth and development, and oral-facial trauma management.