Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.

Types of Treatments Provided

Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral health care that includes the following:
* Infant oral health exams, which include risk assessment for caries in mother and child
* Preventive dental care including cleaning and fluoride treatments, as well as nutrition and diet recommendations
* Habit counseling (for example, pacifier use and thumb sucking)
* Early assessment and treatment for straightening teeth and correcting an improper bite (orthodontics)
* Repair of tooth cavities or defects
* Diagnosis of oral conditions associated with diseases such as diabetes, congenital heart defect, asthma, hay fever, and attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
* Management of gum diseases and conditions including ulcers, short frenulae, mucoceles, and pediatric periodontal disease
* Care for dental injuries (for example, fractured, displaced, or knocked-out teeth)