When it comes to children’s dentistry, there is certainly a place for general dentists and dental therapists, who attend to checkups, routine cleans, fissure sealants and small cavities. But may also be good reasons to see (or be referred to) a paediatric specialist, or a “paedodontist”.
One reason is simply to know you are consulting the highest qualified clinician available. Other reasons are if your child suffers from any injury to their mouth or teeth; severe overcrowding of their teeth; problems with taking care of their own dental hygiene at home; visible decay at the tender age of 2, 3 or 4; more than one serious cavity; severe toothache; swelling of the gums or cheeks; fear of the dentist; or any other special needs in the behavioural arena.
The training of paediatric specialists focuses on the growth, development, and treatment of children’s teeth and on preventing decay rather than treating it after it happens. To qualify as a registered specialist paedodontist in Australia, practitioners must first have a degree in general dentistry. They then study for a further three to four years for a Masters degree or equivalent specific training in children’s dentistry. A large part of their skill set involves understanding child psychology and they must be good at establishing children’s trust in a friendly environment.
At Smile Solutions in Melbourne we have located our paediatric services in the iconic Manchester Unity tower, where the Smile Solutions Tooth fairy is said to live. Visiting the tower is an ideal way to distract children when they come to see the specialist.
Healthy children’s teeth are the healthy adult teeth of the future, and that’s what gives us as paediatric dentists such a big responsibility.
For more information contact us via our website: http://www.smilesolutions.com.au
phone: 13 13 96
*Disclaimer: The contents of this video are of a general nature only and may not apply to your specific circumstances. As every person is different we always recommend that you visit a qualified dental practitioner to obtain tailored dental advice to suit your own specific needs.