A pediatric dentist is a specialist with an extra two to three years of training after dental school, who is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, guiding their dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet these needs.
Pediatric dentists also emphasize the establishment of trust and confidence in children. Consequently, one of the main components of pediatric dental training is child psychology. This manifests itself in special office designs, different communication styles and an emphasis on teaching preventative dental habits to children in an effort to make dental visits enjoyable.