Pediatric dentistry is a specialty recognized by the American Dental Association, and requires dentists to earn a pediatric dentistry degree through two or three years of additional training after completing their general dentistry degree. Pediatric dentists specialize in managing and treating the oral health issues of children from birth to adolescence.
Child psychology is a crucial aspect of pediatric dentistry, as specialists are trained to foster a fun, friendly and social atmosphere for their patients, while avoiding scary-sounding words like “drill,” “needle” and “shot.” Dental phobias that begin in childhood often extend into adulthood, so it is important that children have positive dental experiences.
Some pediatric dentists specialize in caring for children with special needs, like autism, developmental disorders or cerebral palsy.
Pediatric dentists like Dr. Webb place particular emphasis on oral health maintenance and the care of deciduous teeth, or baby teeth. This care is instrumental in facilitating healthy chewing habits, proper speaking ability and the healthy emergence of permanent teeth. Dr. Webb also helps Fairfield, CA 94533 patients and their families with: