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Posted on August 15, 2014
How should I choose my child’s Dentist?

In this high tech era, one thing hasn’t changed. You still have to visit the dentist for treatment. As far as I know, no one has perfected the home version. And, the best dental treatment of all is preventive treatment. A pediatric dentist is the specialist dentist with advanced training in not only child psychology and anatomy of the growing child, but the development of the teeth and jaws. Put simply, your pediatric dentist has had more training than physicians, or orthodontists in the growth of the child’s oral structures. For this reason, it really is true that children are not simply small versions of grown ups. And, a pediatric dentist can offer insight into oral health that will prevent problems and set a child up for a lifetime of success in dentistry.

So how do you go about choosing a pediatric dentist? As before, internet technology may help to educate you, but word of mouth referrals, or taking the advice of someone you trust is still the gold standard. Who do your friends see who have kids, and what does your gut tell you when you first visit the practice? Dentistry is an intimate business helping to raise children, so if you don’t feel comfortable, listen to that feeling!

Here are a few tips for finding a qualified Pediatric Dentist:

Board Certification: A board certified pediatric dentist is called a diplomate. You become a pediatric dentist after two years of specialty training, but there is no final test of competency or compliance with standards. Unlike medicine, specialty board certification is not required, but almost all new graduates and the majority of older pediatric dentists have attained Diplomate status in order to prove they practice at the highest standard of knowledge and care. Board certification requires both a written and oral test that is administered by a independent body of experts called the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.