Why Pediatric Dentistry?
What is Pediatric Dentistry?
Pediatric dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both preventive and therapeutic dental care for infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs.
Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of dentistry. After completing dental school, we are further trained for the unique dental health needs of children. Our specialized education consists of child psychology, growth and development, management of oral-facial trauma, sedation and general anesthesia.
Who is a Pediatric Dentist?
Specialists in pediatric dentistry are health care professionals committed to caring for the oral health of the nation’s children. Ten years or more of higher education demonstrates the intellectual achievement of pediatric dentists. Improving their performance and achieving their full potential motivates the specialists in pediatric dentistry to excel. Service to humanity, higher education, and self-improvement constitute the cardinal characteristics of true professionals.
Diplomates in Pediatric Dentistry
Upon completion of specialty training, pediatric dentists voluntarily seek the personal quest for professional excellence through an evaluation and critique of their abilities by their colleagues. Pediatric dentists are eligible to be examined by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, a board of five peers elected by the membership of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. This rigorous examination is voluntary and is for the purpose of validation and improvement of the pediatric dentist’s clinical and diagnostic abilities.
Successful completion of the examination permits one to be designated a Diplomat of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and to become a member of the The College of Diplomates