Picking a Pediatric Dentist

Picking a Pediatric Dentist

by Shearly (SU)

One of those big early decisions in parenting is locating an exceptional pediatric dentist for your loved ones. What is a pediatric dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry defines a pediatric dentist as a specialist that provides both preventative and therapeutic oral healthcare to children. A pediatric dentist will service oral healthcare for children starting at infancy and going up through adolescence, even those with special healthcare needs. Good oral hygiene and dental health habits should be taught from an early age, so that your child can look forward to a lifetime of dazzling smiles.

Characteristics of a Pediatric Dentist

Pediatric dentists are masters in providing their young patients trust and comfort, and often have extensive studies in child psychology. The office of one of these specialists will probably be colorful and fun. Some may even provide video games and movies to help entertain during dental procedures. Pediatric dentists are experts at communication.

A good pediatric dentist understands just how important it is for a parent to fully comprehend exactly how to treat their children’s teeth. A pediatric dentist is required to study for at least two extra years in residency training, to become board certified. During that time they will master all aspects of pediatric dentistry, including the following:

  • Advanced diagnostic procedures for the evaluation of children
  • Surgical procedures specializing in child anatomy

·       Child psychology and child development

  • Radiology
  • Treatment and management of oral trauma caused by facial injuries
  • General anesthesia and conscious sedation
  • Oral care for special needs children and much more


Oral care is extremely important to the proper growth and development of a child. Many issues can develop when proper health hygiene is ignored. A child may, for instance, suffer from complications with diabetes.


Inflammation of the tissue surrounding the teeth and gums can cause excessive highs and lows in blood sugar, making it more difficult to control. The risk of heart disease in a child without proper oral care can go up.


The bacteria from that inflammation can enter the bloodstream and cause the arteries to harden, a condition known as atherosclerosis. Breathing in those bacteria over long periods of time is also believed to cause respiratory infections, preventing school attendance and the fun activities children often look forward to.


A good pediatric dentist will partner with parents to help children understand the importance of proper tooth care. They will show a child, in detail, the correct way to brush, using a manner the child can understand and remember. They will also teach parents what to watch for in their children’s teeth, and what to do in the event of an emergency (such as the unexpected loss of a permanent tooth).


Are you ready to schedule that first appointment? Call the offices of 360 Dental today, at (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment online. Our knowledgeable pediatric dentists would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s teeth.