Pediatric dentistry (formerly Pedodontics/Paedodontics) primarily focuses on children from birth through adolescence. The American Dental Association (ADA), recognizes pediatric dentistry as a specialty, and therefore requires dentists to undertake two or three years of additional training after completing a general dentistry degree. At the end of this training, pediatric dentists are encouraged to pursue the specialty Board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry(ABPD). Successful candidates are awarded the title of Diplomate, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD).
Pediatric Dentists provide comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants, children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs, autism, varying levels of mental retardation, cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome. The specialty of pediatric dentistry is age-specific. It encompasses disciplines such as behavior guidance, care of the medically and developmentally compromised and disabled patient, supervision of orofacial growth and development, decay prevention, sedation, pharmacological management, hospital dentistry and other established areas of dentistry. These special skills are applied to the needs of children throughout the stages of their development and to treating conditions and diseases unique to them.
One of the most important components of pediatric dentistry is child psychology. Pediatric dentists are trained to create a friendly, fun, social atmosphere for visiting children, and always avoid threatening words like “drill,” “needle,” and “injection.” Dental phobias beginning in childhood often continue into adulthood, so it is of paramount importance that experiences and find their “dental home” as early as possible.
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