why choose a pediatric dentist

Pediatric dentists are special people. They are the dental specialists who are specifically trained to treat infants, children, and adolescents. Unlike general dentists, pediatric dentists must complete an advanced training residency after graduation from dental school. Residency programs in pediatric dentistry are usually two years in length.

Advanced training in behavior management, child psychology, growth and development, hospital dentistry, interceptive orthodontics, sedation, special needs patients, and techniques to alleviate anxiety and build trust with children and their parents are usually part of these programs. This extensive training provides pediatric dentists the knowledge and skills to provide a positive dental experience and to educate children on the importance of maintaining good oral hygiene.

Not all pediatric dentists are board certified (Dr. Clay is board certified).  The American Board of Pediatric Dentistry is the board that certifies pediatric dentists.  Pediatric dentists remain board eligible until they can pass all parts of the certification process.