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Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric dentistry is a branch of dentistry concerned with children. The pediatric dentist will often treat children before they have even been born, or may treat infants and toddlers who are suffering from birth defects or problems such as severe dehydration. A pediatric dentist can also help prevent tooth decay in children by offering preventive care for their teeth. They will also often treat children during their annual check-up.

It is not mandatory for children to attend dental school prior to obtaining a pediatric dentistry degree. Some dentists will accept children as young as four years old on up to their early teens. If your child is interested in getting their dental education from a dentist who practices pediatric dentistry, there are several steps you can take to find one who will best meet your needs. Many dentists specialize in pediatrics, so they will be aware of the particular needs your child has.

There are a number of schools that offer pediatric dentistry. You should first check to see if your state requires that dental schools provide at least associate degrees in pediatric dentistry. Then you should check the American Dental Association's website to see if there is a list of accredited schools as well as an online map showing which ones are available in your area. You can contact the local American Dental Association to find out more information.

Once you know where you want to go for your children's dental care, you should start looking at dental schools. Some colleges will accept even high school students as long as they are enrolled full time and completing a minimum of three years of schooling. Others will only accept students attending a regular four-year college who has obtained a bachelor's degree. Still others will accept any student including those who are in high school. You should get at least three years of completed course work and a year of hands on experience as a student in order to excel in your pediatric dentistry program.

If you are unable to find a program offering pediatric dentistry in your area, you may be able to get into a dentist residency program. A dentist residency program will allow you to gain the skills you need to compete for a position at a family or medical dental practice. In order to qualify for the residency program, you will need to have completed your undergraduate degree. Many times you can even complete the entire residency without having to finish college. Read more on pediatric dentistry at

Completing either of these dental programs will prepare you well for a career in oral health care. Dentistry is one of the most important areas of personal and professional development. You will enter an environment that is highly charged with helping children maintain proper oral health care. You will be able to provide a sensitive and caring hand through a hands-on practice in a pediatric dentistry office. Check out this post that has expounded on the topic:

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