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What is a Pediatric Dentistry?
A pediatric dentist is a dental specialist who is well-trained to treat infants, children and adolescents. After completing four years of education in dental school, a pediatric dentist must complete an advanced post-doctoral course, accredited by the American Dental Association, of at least two academic years to be considered a specialist in the field of pediatric dentistry. This extensive training provides pediatric dentists the knowledge and skills required to treat children’s teeth, to provide a positive dental experience and to educate children on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene.
Dr. R. James Richardson is a trained Pediatric Dentist dedicated to the oral health of children from birth through teenage years. He has the experience and qualifications to care for your child’s teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.
At our office, we thoroughly enjoy working with children. We are focused on kids’ dental health, which can have an impact on the child’s overall health. It’s very important to take your child to the dentist at an early age in order to establish a comfortable “dental home” for your child. This will encourage your child to look forward to his or her dental appointments. Read about Most Common Dental Problems in Children
The American Dental Association (ADA), recognizes pediatric dentistry as a specialty.
“Pediatric Dentistry: Pediatric Dentistry provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs.” (Adopted 1995- Source http://www.ada.org)
Most family dentists are NOT specialists in pediatric dentistry. Pediatric dentistry requires dentists to undertake an additional two to three years specialty training following dental school and limits his/her practice to treating children only. Special Needs Kids: Most pediatric dentists, including Dr. Richardson, are trained and qualified to perform routine checkups, annual cleanings, X-rays and other dental procedures for children with medical, physical, or mental disabilities.
Early dental care is very important. Infants should visit a pediatric dentist at around 12 months old.
Teeth decay and gum diseases can cause a lifetime of pain and complications. Maintaining your child’s dental health now will provide health benefits well into adulthood. Children teeth should be cleaned at least once every six months to prevent gum disease. Deep cleaning teeth prevents plaque buildup, which can lead to gum disease, tooth loss and painful dental emergencies. Talk with Dr. R. James Richardson and his hygienists specialized in children teeth care about any special conditions in your child’s mouth and any ways in which their medical/health conditions affect their teeth or oral health.
Dr. R. James Richardson’s office is a fun place where children feel at home.
One of the most important aspects of pediatric dentistry involves child psychology. To a child, the dentist office can be a scary place with strange sounds made by dental equipment. Pediatric dentists are trained to create a fun, relaxing environment for children.
At Dr. Richardson’s office, parents are encouraged to be with their child throughout dental exam appointments. We offer different treatment approaches tailored to the individual needs of your child. Trained to help kids avoid dental fears that most adults have. It is importance children at an early age have a positive, comfortable dental experience.