Pediatric dentists are the pediatricians of the dental world, specializing in the growing smiles of children, from babies to teenagers.
Highly educated, intensively trained and belonging to a well-regulated health care community, they must pass three officially accredited stages in their professional development to become practicing pediatric dentists.
Here are some of the differences between General Dentistry and Pediatric Dentistry:
- Like regular dentists, pediatric dentists must complete a 4-year dental degree program at an accredited dental school. After becoming dentists, they must then complete an additional 2 years of specialist studies to become qualified pediatric dentists; there are certified pediatric dentistry programs throughout Canada and the United States. This additional residency training includes dental care for infants, children, adolescents, teens and children with special needs.
- Having met these higher educational requirements, dentists (both general and specialist) must be licensed by the governing body (Dental Regulatory Authority, or DRA) of the province or territory they decide to practice in.
- Finally, most specialists are required by their provincial or territorial DRA to sit and pass intensive specialist examinations set by the Royal College of Dentists of Canada (RCDC).
These educational and practical requirements ensure that the dental doctors caring for your children are true experts in their field – so you can rest easy today, and at all future stages of your children’s development.