Pediatric dentists or pedodontists are pediatricians of dentistry.
Children are not always patient and cooperative during dental visits.
Pediatric dentists are specially trained to examine and treat children
in ways that make them feel at ease. A pediatric dentist has two to
three years additional specialized training following four years of
dental school and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years.
Pediatric Dentist Duties and Responsibilities
Pediatric dentists provide comprehensive oral care for patients aged
about 12 months to 18 years old. Oral examinations are an important part
of the job, but duties extend beyond exams and often beyond the exam
room itself. Those responsibilities include:
Evaluate and Treat Pediatric Dental Patients
Performing oral examinations and corrective care for children is the
pediatric dentist’s core responsibility. This includes everything from
dental exams and repairing cavities to diagnosing oral conditions and
injuries and developing treatment plans.
Dental Health Education
Because pediatric dentists work primarily with new teeth, they teach
children hygiene habits that will last a lifetime and maintain their
dental health. Pediatric dentists offer children and their parents
instruction on cleaning and flossing teeth, provide dietary counseling,
and organize educational services for their communities.
Manage Behavioral Issues
Dental phobias are common in children, but pediatric dentists are
trained to handle anxious patients with a variety of tactics. Some
common strategies include adopting a kind and encouraging demeanor,
clearly and calmly explaining each step of the exam or otherwise
engaging with patients and, if necessary, sedation.
Healthcare is a changeable industry, dentistry included. Continuing
education programs keep pediatric dentists up-to-date as technological
advancements and research breakthroughs drive the industry forward. A
career-long pursuit of knowledge also helps dentists master new skills,
refine old ones, and guarantee their patients receive the highest
standard of treatment and preventive care. Most states require dentists
earn continuing education credits to maintain professional licensure.
Owning apractice means you’re also running a business. That means
hiring and managing associates and staff, establishing and sticking to a
budget, and making sure the office is furnished with everything from
waiting room chairs to medical equipment. Since pediatric dentists work
exclusively with children, this entails decorating their practice in a
way that’s appealing and comforting to kids. You can’t run a business
without clients, so dentists must also strategize how to grow their
- BDS, DMD, DDS, or equivalent
Completion of specialty qualification as per the Recognized Specialty
- 2 to 4 years experience with pediatrics and a strong client base in UAE