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A Pedodontist is a dentist specialized in handling children. This helps prevent the fear in a child's mind that is often created by seeing the complex equipment, including drills and various tools (plus, hearing loud noises in the dental office). The Pedodontist is specially trained to win the child's confidence, making the child aware of the responsibility of looking after his or her teeth — and the importance of a healthy mouth.

A number of procedures are modified from the norm to become possible in small child's mouth. It is important to remember that the first dentition of a child will ultimately fall out. They will be replaced by a new complement of teeth, which are permanent and will not be replaced by any more new teeth. Even though the first set of teeth, known as the deciduous teeth or milk teeth, will ultimately fall out, it is necessary to keep them well cared for during their lifespan. This will help ensure a healthy and correctly aligned permanent set of teeth.

A Pedodontist will go to great lengths to see to it that this is the case. Even if the teeth are lost, the Pedodontist will work towards maintaining the space till such time that the permanent teeth are guided into the right place. The biggest challenge facing the Pedodontist is the scared and nervous child . and converting the child into a confident patient. Generally, treating a child may take two or three times more time than it will take for the same procedure in an adult. However, it is worth the effort to do so.

Pedodontists may treat children up to the age of 18, and have the ability to work with children with disabilities.

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