Pediatric dentists promote the dental health of children as well as serving as an educational resource to provide parents with a program of preventative home care, a risk assessment of tooth decay, and information on finger, thumb, and pacifier habits, plus advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling, and information on growth and development.
It is generally recommended that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the first tooth comes in (around 8 to 12 months), or by the child’s first birthday. This helps the pediatric dentist to establish a positive relationship with the child. They have training in ways to make a child feel comfortable. A pleasant beginning makes for a rewarding child-dentist relationship. You can help by being positive when talking to your child about seeing the dentist, perhaps read books with them about going to the dentist. Children are not born with fears: they are acquired, so please let your pediatric dentist explain the procedures to your child.