Often called the pediatricians of dentistry, pediatric dentists specialize in providing the comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care needs of children (infants through teenagers), including those with special needs (chronically ill, disabled or mentally challenged).
A pediatric dentist has two to three years of additional training after completing a four-year dental school curriculum. This program of study and hands-on experience emphasizes child psychology, growth and development. Pediatric dentists know how to examine and treat children — not always the most patient or cooperative of subjects — in ways that make them comfortable and safe. They use specially designed equipment in offices arranged, decorated and sized with children in mind.
Choosing a pediatric dentist as your child’s specialist helps ensure you are getting the latest and best treatments, care and resources to prevent, detect and treat all of your child’s dental/oral health needs throughout the various stages of development. For instance, during infancy, your pediatric dentist may focus on prevention and education. During adolescence — when appearance and self-image often take center stage — the emphasis may shift to restoring/correcting teeth and teaching preventive dental health care, which includes information on sealants, oral piercing, tobacco/drug use, and cosmetic and/or restorative options such as tooth bleaching, veneers for teeth and crowns. Dr. Kiang can work with pediatricians, other physicians and other dental specialists to ensure that your child is best served through a comprehensive team approach.
Pediatric Dental Care
Care provided by Dr. Kiang includes regular oral health exams (including caries risk assessment for infant and mother); preventive dental care (such as brushing and diet/nutrition recommendations); regular cleaning and fluoride treatments; and use of sealants to prevent cavities. Dr. Kiang also may: