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The Pediatric Dentist

CHICAGO, Illinois – The pediatric dentist is the specialist who is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen-age 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 have had special training which allows them to provide the most up-to-date and thorough treatment for a wide variety of children's dental problems. They are trained and qualified to treat special patients who may have emotional, physical, or mental handicaps. Because of this specialized training and commitment to comprehensive oral health, many parents wisely choose a pediatric dentist to treat their children in a very similar way in which they choose a pediatrician to provide their children's medical care.

The pediatric dentist is concerned about a child's total health care and good oral health is an important part of total health. To help your child stay totally healthy, the pediatric dentist often works with pediatricians, other physicians, and other dental specialists. Normal children as well as hospitalized, handicapped, and chronically ill children often are served best through this team approach — the pediatric dentist is an important part of the child's health team.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistryis the recognized specialty organization representing pediatric dentistry. It comprises over 3,700 dedicated men and women with a special love for children. The Academy emphasizes a three-part approach to caring for the children of this country and the world: practice — treating children in the dental office; teaching — educating future pediatric dentists relative to the best possible care for children; and research — working in laboratories in universities and industry to develop even better methods of preventing oral diseases and treating problems of the teeth and gums. Together the three parts of the Academy work for the benefit of all children.

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

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