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Pediatric Dentists: Caring for your Child's Teeth

Tooth decay – also called “dental cavities”- affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease.  In fact, tooth decay remains the single most common childhood disease. In some states, such as Ohio, dental disease in children is the number one unmet health care need. 


How Can Dental Problems Harm My Child?

Dental problems not only interfere with your child's ability to eat, they can also harm his/her ability to:

Untreated, early dental problems can lead to lifelong oral health concerns. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all children see a dentist by age 1 year or within 6 months of their first tooth. 


What does a Pediatric Dentist Do?

Pediatric dentists devote themselves to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years by:


Apart from being able to handle the majority of the dental needs of children, a pediatric dentist also needs to know the basics of:

This helps the pediatric dentist establish a "dental home" where the complete oral health needs of your child can be met.


Always remember, continued care by a pediatric dentist can go a long way toward preventing unnecessary dental disease and suffering for your child.



Children’s Oral Health (CDC)


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Last Reviewed: Jul 25, 2014

Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University

Director, Residency Program, Division of Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati