Information for parents
We represent specialists working to prevent and treat dental issues in children of all ages, from birth through to adolescence.
What is Paediatric Dentistry?
Paediatric Dentistry is the branch of dentistry that is concerned with preventive and therapeutic oral health care for children from birth through to adolescence, and especially for those with special needs. It includes management of orofacial problems related to medical, behavioural, physical and developmental disabilities.
Like many clinical areas of dentistry, dental treatment of children falls within the scope of the general dentist, the dental therapist and oral health therapist. However, Paediatric Dentistry is a board recognised and certified Speciality.
Can any Dentist call themselves a Paediatric Dentist?
While many general dental practitioners may have developed skills and expertise in the management of children’s oral health, only registered specialists in Paediatric Dentistry may refer to themselves as a Paediatric Dentist.
What particular expertise do Paediatric Dentists have?
Paediatric Dentists are trained to: