Pediatric Dentistry: a dentist who specializes in oral health of children, and adolescents. Pediatric dentists are required to complete an additional two to three years of rigorous training in addition to the standard four year dental school curriculum. Pediatric dentists perform oral exams, cleanings, x-rays, fill cavities, and apply anti-cavity sealants.
How to find a pediatric dentist? It’s estimated there are 4K pediatric dentists in the US. You can get a local pediatric dentist referral from your general dentist, local dentistry schools, or sites like Free Dentist Finder. You can also check with your dental insurance company, as they may only work with certain pediatric dentists in your area. Be sure to check your State Dentistry Board or the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) to ensure that the pediatric dentist you choose is properly licensed. Ask about your prospective pediatric dentist’s experience, thoroughness of practice, photos of previous patients, use of new technology (i.e digital x-rays), plan of action for your teeth, “bedside” manner, emergency care options, and of course financing/costs.