Paediatric dentistry is a specialist field of dentistry which provides comprehensive oral health care for children from newborns to adolescents.
How is a paediatric dentist different to a regular dentist?
Paediatric dentists are trained to specifically manage complex treatment of children’s dental requirements.
In Australia, to qualify as a registered specialist paediatric dentist you must firstly acquire your general dentistry degree, before completing a further three to four years study to obtain a masters degree or an equivalent degree in children’s dentistry.
Why should my child see a paediatric dentist?
While there is certainly a role to be played by general dentists and hygiene therapists for routine checkups, cleans, fissure sealants and small cavities, there are several other circumstances where you may consider taking your child to a specialist paediatric dentist (or paedodontist).
At Smile Solutions we recommend that your child should see a paediatric specialist if they suffer from any of the following:
- an injury to the mouth or teeth;
- severe overcrowding of their teeth;
- problems with taking care of their own dental hygiene at home;
- visible decay at a very young age (2-4 years old);
- more than one serious cavity;
- severe tooth ache;
- swelling of the gums or cheeks;
- if they have a fear of the dentist;
- or any other special needs in the behavioural arena.