A pediatric dentist, or pedodontist, is a dental specialist who focuses on treating infants, children and teenagers. Pediatric dentists complete an additional two to three years of training following dental school to learn the specifics of caring for children, including some training in child psychology to enable them to better communicate with and care for children. This training emphasizes taking a gentle approach to dental care as well as training in treating individuals with special needs and disabilities, and it may also include some orthodontic training as well.

Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?

Children often respond differently to dental visits than adults. In many cases, children are anxious or fearful in unfamiliar surroundings, and this anxiety can be quite severe when a child requires more extensive treatment. Pediatric dentists are trained in a variety of methods to communicate with children so that they feel more comfortable in the dental office and while receiving treatment. Additionally, pediatric dentists are uniquely qualified to help parents understand their children’s oral health needs and help parents teach children good oral habits early.

We, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend that you bring your child to a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts, or no later than 12 months of age, for their first dental visit. These “well-baby” appointments are the first step in establishing a dental home for your child, helping them feel comfortable in the dental office and starting their journey to a lifetime of smiles.

To find out more about pediatric dentists in Hixson, Tennessee, and make an appointment with Dr. Barto, our pediatric dental specialist, call Barto Pediatric Dentistry today at 423-877-2443.