What Is a Pediatric Dentist?

Whether you are looking to schedule your child’s first ever dentist appointment, or looking into switching dentists, finding the right one can be a daunting task. You want a dentist who performs excellent dental services but is also able to make your child feel comfortable and secure. The best option is to take your child specifically to a pediatric dentist. However, you may be wondering, what makes a pediatric dentist different?

At Rafi Dental Group in Tustin, we strive to provide the best dental services to all ages. Our dedicated pediatric dentist provides gentle and caring dental services for children. 

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While all dentists have a Doctor of Dental Medicine, most pediatric dentists will have additional education and experience in the area of pediatric dentistry. Some dentists will choose to pursue an extra certificate or Master of Science in Pediatric Dentistry. Most will also have two additional years of residency training in pediatric dentistry where they gain experience working with infants, toddlers, children, and teens. 


At first, it may not be clear why children should see a pediatric dentist as opposed to a general dentist. While pediatric dentists perform the same routine care such as cleanings, exams, and other preventative care, they also provide other treatments that children often require. A pediatric dentist will provide treatments commonly needed at early ages including early assessment for teeth straightening or bite correction, diagnosing oral conditions, and managing gum diseases or conditions. A pediatric dentist may also need to provide habit counseling for thumb or pacifier sucking. Importantly, pediatric dentists also provide care for any dental injuries, cavities, or defects when needed. 


From infancy to teenage years, a child’s dental care is extremely important. Good oral health is imperative for those years before, during, and after the development of a child’s permanent teeth. Otherwise, poor oral health and damaged or diseased gums can cause lifelong problems. Even before your child has permanent teeth, maintaining the health of their baby teeth is important for the future. 

A pediatric dentist can also help to provide the dentist’s office environment that your child needs to feel comfortable. Many children are afraid or wary of the dentist, and a pediatric dentist focuses on making their appointments a positive experience. By providing gentle and compassionate care, a pediatric dentist can help to eliminate fears of the dentist, so your child will feel comfortable at dentist appointments for the rest of their life. 


Luckily, you can find the perfect pediatric dentist right here in Tustin. Dr. Ryan Baker at Rafi Dental Group in Tustin is a top children’s dentist. With an excellent dentistry education from the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health, Dr. Baker has also been awarded a Certificate and Master of Science degree in Pediatric Dentistry from Loma Linda University. Dr. Baker loves to work with children and is strongly committed to serving the needs of every child including those with special needs. 


If you have been looking for a quality dentist for your child’s dental care, look no further than Rafi Dental Group. Our pediatric dentist has extensive education, experience, and compassion for pediatric dentistry. Your child will receive gentle and caring dental services while building good habits for the future. Our staff is also dedicated to merging quality dental care with affordable prices. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, reach out to Rafi Dental Group in Tustin today. We look forward to hearing from you!