Your dentist may treat children, but just like the pediatrician, a pediatric dentist is all about kids. They have an additional two years of advanced training after dental school specializing in infants, children and teenagers, including those children with special health needs. They are also licensed in oral sedation and learn orthodontics. You’ll find their office is geared toward kids, which can help ease those first visit jitters.
To find a pediatric dentist near you, visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry at www.aapd.org.
Jean Campbell Galli is a freelance writer and mother or two. She is also a frequent contributor to Hudson Valley Parent magazine.