Pediatric dentistry

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School dentist examining children's teeth. Netherlands, 1935.
A child getting a filling at the dentist. Malmö National Dental Service 1989.

Pediatric dentistry (formerly pedodontics in American English or paedodontics in Commonwealth English) is the branch of dentistry dealing with children from birth through adolescence.[1] The specialty of pediatric dentistry is recognized by the American Dental Association,[2] Royal College of Dentists of Canada,[3] and Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons.[4]

A little girl's trip to the pediatric dentist examining children's teeth.

Pediatric dentists[5] promote the dental health of children as well as serve as educational resources for parents. It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) that a dental visit should occur within six months after the presence of the first tooth or by a child's first birthday. The AAPD has said that it is important to establish a comprehensive and accessible ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient – referring to this as the patient's "dental home".[6] This is because early oral examination aids in the detection of the early stages of tooth decay. Early detection is essential to maintain oral health, modify aberrant habits, and treat as needed and as simply as possible. Additionally, parents are given a program of preventative home care (brushing/flossing/fluorides), a caries risk assessment, information on finger, thumb, and pacifier habits, advice on preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth of children, diet counseling, and information on growth and development.

Residency programs[edit]

United States - by state (# of programs per state)

  • Alabama (1)
  University of Alabama - Birmingham [1]
  • Alaska (1)
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Anchorage [2]
  • Arizona (2)
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Tucson [3]
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Phoenix [4]
  • California (4)
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - San Diego [5]
  University of California, Los Angeles [6]
  University of California, San Francisco [7]
  University of Southern California - Los Angeles [8]
  • Colorado (1)
  Children's Hospital Colorado - Aurora [9]
  • Connecticut (2)
  Yale - New Haven Hospital [10]
  University of Connecticut Health Center - Farmington [11]
  • District of Columbia (2)
  Children's National Medical Center [12]
  Howard University [13]
  • Florida (5)
  University of Florida - Gainesville [14]
  University of Florida - Naples [15]
  Nicklaus Children's Hospital - Doral [16]
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Brandon [17]
  Nova Southeastern University - Fort Lauderdale [18]
  • Georgia (1)
  Georgia Regents University - Augusta [19]
  • Hawaii (1)
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Waianae [20]
  • Illinois (2)
  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago [21]
  University of Illinois at Chicago [22]
  • Indiana (1)
  Indiana University and James Whitcomb Riley Hospital - Indianapolis [23]
  • Iowa (1)
  University of Iowa - Iowa City [24]
  • Kentucky (2)
  University of Kentucky - Lexington [25]
  University of Louisville School of Dentistry [26]
  • Louisiana (1)
  Louisiana State University - New Orleans [27]
  • Maryland (2)
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine – Princess Anne [28]
  University of Maryland - Baltimore [29]
  • Massachusetts (4)
  Harvard/The Children's Hospital - Boston [30]
  Boston University [31]
  Tufts University [32]
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Holyoke [33]
  • Michigan (2)
  University of Michigan - Ann Arbor [34]
  Children's Hospital of Michigan - Detroit [35]
  • Minnesota (1)
  University of Minnesota - Minneapolis [36]
  • Mississippi (1)
  University of Mississippi School of Dentistry/Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children - Jackson [37]
  • Missouri (2)
  Children's Mercy Hospital/University of Missouri - Kansas City [38]
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Springfield [39]
  • Nebraska (1)
  University of Nebraska Medical Center - Omaha [40]
  • Nevada (1)
  UNLV School of Dental Medicine - Las Vegas [41]
  • New Jersey (2)
  Rutgers School of Dental Medicine - Newark [42]
  St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center - Paterson [43]
  • New York (17)
  Harlem Hospital Center [44]   
  Stony Brook University [45]
  Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center [46]
  Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center [47]
  Jacobi Medical Center [48]
  University of Rochester [49]
  Staten Island University Hospital [50]
  Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of NY [51]         
  New York University [52]
  Columbia/New York Presbyterian [53]
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Brooklyn [54]
  Maimonides Medical Center [55]
  Interfaith Medical Center [56]
  Brookdale Hospital Medical Center [57]
  University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine - Buffalo [58]
  Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center [59]
  St. Barnabas Hospital [60]
  • North Carolina (2):
  University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill [61]
  East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine - Greenville [62]
  • Ohio (5):
  Cincinnati Children's Hospital [63]
  The Ohio State University Nationwide Children's Hospital [64]
  MetroHealth Medical Center [65]
  University of Toledo Medical Center [66]
  Case School of Dental Medicine [67]
  • Oregon (1)
  Oregon Health and Science University [68]
  • Pennsylvania (6)
  Geisinger Medical Center [69]
  University of Pittsburgh [70]
  University of Pennsylvania/Children's Hospital of Philadelphia [71]
  Temple University Hospital [72]
  St. Christopher's Hospital for Children [73]
  Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh [74]
  • Rhode Island (1)
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Providence [75]
  • South Carolina (1)
  Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston [76]
  • Tennessee (2)
  University of Tennessee Health Science Center [77]
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Nashville [78]
  • Texas (3)
  University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio [79]
  University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston [80]
  The Texas A&M System/Baylor College of Dentistry - Dallas [81]
  • Utah (1)
  Primary Children's Hospital - Salt Lake City [82]
  • Virginia (2)
  Virginia Commonwealth University - Richmond [83]
  Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital of Richmond [84]
  • Washington (2)
  NYU Lutheran Dental Medicine - Yakima [85]
  University of Washington Children's Hospital [86]
  • Wisconsin (1)
  Children's Hospital of Wisconsin [87]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What is a Pediatric Dentist?". HealthyChildren.org. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  2. ^ "Specialty Definitions". Ada.org. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  3. ^ "RCDC – Specialties". Rcdc.ca. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  4. ^ Paediatric dentistry (requires log-in)
  5. ^ "Common Pediatric dentistry treatments". 
  6. ^ "Definition Of A Dental Home" (PDF). AAPD. June 3, 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-03. 

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