A common question parents ask is if they can take their child to their specialist. The short answer is no since your child has different oral healthcare needs than you. That is why we have pedodontist in the first place.
Not all specialists are the same. An orthodontist, for example, is different from an endodontist as they focus on the abnormalities of the teeth, and the latter focuses on oral health diseases.
A child’s teeth are different from an adult and providing proper oral health care from the person who knows exactly how to treat the developing teeth of kids makes for a healthy development that children can benefit from until they grow old.
Pedodontists are specialists who have taken two more years of training after finishing dental school. Their training and education involves childhood development, psychology of the child, orthodontics, and have undergone training for people with special needs. They have the experience to handle children’s teeth during their developmental stages as they have dedicated their lives into studying it than any other specialists.
Additionally, the three main differences of pedodontist over other specialist are:
1. Their education includes the study of child’s teeth and its development.
Most specialists focus their studies on other areas of teeth like diseases, alignment, etc. A pedodontist focus is mainly on the kid’s oral health.
2. Even if your regular dentist can perform basic dentistry procedures, they do not have the education or skill to work with children, children with disabilities and special needs.
This is an incredibly difficult task to handle; therefore, you need to find a specialist who knows how to expertly handle situations with children, children with disabilities, and special children. A regular dental expert would not have the patience,experience, or mental capacity to handle special needs children and may result in a negative experience for everyone.
Moreover, a pedodontist knows the various types of deformities in children especially to children with special needs.
3. A child’s teeth are growing and are in development stages; therefore, it requires a specialized treatment option that only an expert in a child’s teeth can perform.
They have been trained to identify potential risks in the child’s oral health by taking a more detailed medical history, diet, and overall health. They can evaluate the oral health condition of the kid by looking at lifestyle habits such as thumb sucking and eating sugary foods.
Every parent wants what’s best for their children; thus, an expert who has the skills, experience, and knowledge to handle a kid’s oral health should be the one to address pediatric oral health issues. They have the training to know the issue and provide appropriate treatment to your child.
- What is a Pediatric Dentist?
- Dentists: Doctors of Oral Health http://www.ada.org/en/about-the-ada/dentists-doctors-of-oral-health