A Pediatric Dentist is a specialist that promotes the dental and overall oral health of children (from infancy through adolescence). The primary objective of Pediatric Dentistry is to ensure your child’s primary teeth, gums, and jaws stay healthy and free of decay and other dental diseases, to properly evolve and allow for healthy permanent teeth and associated oral environment. As a Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Lisi pursued 2-3 years of further training and certification beyond general dentistry, to equip her to better guide kids in their oral growth and development appropriate to their age and behavior, while also being an educational resource for parents/ guardians. And to maintain such qualifications up-to-date, Pediatric Dentists require continued education across the full spectrum of the Pediatric Dentistry discipline to consistently offer the best oral hygiene advice to children.
As such, a Pediatric Dentist like Dr. Lisi is best qualified in preventing, restoring, and maintaining the unique dental health conditions of children before they achieve adulthood. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a dental visit be scheduled by the time the child reaches 6 months of age. Kids develop at an amazing rate from birth until adulthood. These fast changes continue to be carefully studied by the Pediatric Dentistry profession. Pediatric Dentists like Dr. Lisi and Dr. Alina spend their professional lives ensuring children receive the proper preventive, restorative, and maintenance treatment to achieve the proper oral health during their development.
The AAPD acknowledges the importance of establishing a comprehensive and accessible relationship between the kid’s dentist, the child, and the parents/ guardians. Oral examination supports the detection of early stages of tooth decay, which in turn is essential in the proper dental treatment approach, in maintaining oral health, and in ensuring proper habits throughout life. Parents/ guardians are key components of the “dental home” environment, providing care such as brushing and flossing, managing finger / thumb / pacifier habits, understanding diet impacts, preventing injuries and tooth decay, and supporting the growth and development of the child.
The most important step in your child’s oral health is to ensure he/she receives dental care at the appropriate time. General Dentistry is certainly a good step. But to avoid the “one-size fits all” and “children are little adults” approach in dentistry, a Pediatric Dentist offers unique dental care appropriate to the evolving nature of your child’s general development state and specific oral health needs.