The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first dental visit no later than 12 months of age or within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth. Parents that learn how to prevent dental disease at a young age, frequently avoid the need for dental treatment for their young children.
Many general dentists treat children and advertise as "Family Dentistry" or "General Dentistry for Children". A Pediatric Dentist must complete an additional 2-3 years of residency training beyond dental school to be credentialed as an ADA recognized dental specialist in pediatric dentistry.
Pediatric Dentists have extensive training in child psychology, orthodontics, growth and development, sedation, anesthesia, pediatric medicine, and persons with special physical and mental needs.
The attitudes about dentistry are formulated at a very young age.
Most people have a prior dental experience that was less than ideal, which is why we focus our efforts on early risk detection and prevention.
Dental offices can be intimidating to children, which is why we will sit down and talk with your family before your child steps near a dental chair. We also encourage parents to bring in questions or concerns they may have about the care of their child, and we aim to create the perfect dental home for your family.