Why a Pediatric Dentist?
Why a Pediatric Dentist instead of a Family Dentist?
It is universally acknowledged that Primary or "baby" teeth are very different than permanent or "adult" teeth. Pediatric Dentists are specially trained and are required to complete a two year residency program in addition to the standard four years of dental school.
Pediatric Dentists are, essentially, "Pediatricians of the Mouth." Just as most enlightened and caring parents choose to have their children treated by a Pediatrician, instead of their adult doctor, Pediatric Dentists are better educated and equipped to treat children and childhood diseases and, through specialized education, training and experience, are aware of the differences and the oral problems that are most common to children.
For example, many family or general dentists do not advise parents to have their children examined beginning at age one and instead, wait to examine children at age three or four. Pediatric Dentists know that this delay in examination and potential treatment is unacceptable and potentially harmful to your child's oral health.
Primary teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they erupt into the mouth. The science of Pediatric Dentistry has proven that waiting until ages three or four is often too late to discuss prevention as many of these young children already have cavities.
In addition, many very young children fall and injure their mouths and should be seen to assess the problem. Pediatric Dentists are equipped with the proper size instruments and x-ray films to evaluate the oral trauma.
Pediatric Dentists understand how the mouth and teeth should develop and are able to detect and even prevent problems that occur at an early age.
Finally and most importantly, Pediatric Dentists are trained in the behavior management of the child - at any age. This allows Dr Hill and her staff to treat your child in a professional, kind and empathetic manner which will empower them to look forward to their next visit to the dentist.