It's not just a scaled-down version
Pediatric dentistry is the specialty of dentistry that focuses on the oral health and unique needs of young people. Children specific issues which are not part of care for adult patients: the importance of "baby teeth," the use of pacifiers and sippy cups, early dental care habit development, sports and playground safety, adolescent changes, and much more.
After completing a four-year dental school curriculum, two to three additional years of rigorous training is required to become a pediatric dentist. This specialized program of study and hands-on experience prepares pediatric dentists to meet the unique needs of your infants, children and adolescents, including persons with special health care needs.
We are concerned about your child's total health care. Good oral health is an important part of total health. Establishing us as your child's, "Dental Home" provides us the opportunity to implement preventive dental health habits that keep a child free from dental/oral disease. We focus on prevention, early detection and treatment of dental diseases, and keep current on the latest advances in dentistry for children.
Pleasant visits to the dental office promote the establishment of trust and confidence in your child that will last a lifetime. Our goal, along with our staff, is to help all children feel good about visiting the dentist and teach them how to care for their teeth. From our special office designs, to our communication style, our main concern is what is best for your child.
Dr. Maggie's training in this specialty also included providing qualified care to patients with medical, physical, or mental disabilities. In addition to dental health, the pediatric dentist studies child psychology, growth and development. Along with your child's pediatrician, the pediatric dentist is a critical part of a Total Health Team.
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