Pediatric Dentistry is a dental specialty that provides comprehensive, preventative, and therapeutic oral health care for infants, children, adolescence, and teens. This includes those patients with special health care needs.
The pediatric dentist is required to complete an extra two to three year residency program after dental school. They undergo additional training in child psychology, behavior management, growth and development, facial injuries, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, and preventive care. In addition, a pediatric dentist is qualified to perform conscious sedations and hospital dentistry.
When Should My Child See the Pediatric Dentist?
Pediatric dentists, similar to pediatricians, monitor growth and development from infancy through the teenage years. This begins with your child’s first dental visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child’s first visit to the dentist occur at 12 months of age. This enables the pediatric dentist to assess potential problems and design a preventative program specific to your child’s needs, including proper oral hygiene and dietary precautions. With 15% of children having cavities by age 2, and 40% having cavities by age 4, it is very important to establish a “dental home” by the time your child is one year old.
The Wilderness Office
CHECK IT OUT! Cherokee Children’s Dentistry was designed with your family in mind. Children walk thru the “kid sized” front door into our “wilderness” themed office. Our child-friendly environment is highlighted with colorful murals, fun games, TV’s above every dental chair, cartoons playing, and much more.
Your team of highly specialized pediatric & adolescent dentists & hygienists at Cherokee Children’s Dentistry in Canton, GA are here to serve you.