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Clark Pediatric Dentistry combines the expertise of a specialist and the compassion of a parent.

what is a pediatric dentist?

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, “Pediatric dentistry is an age-defined specialty that provides both primary and comprehensive preventive and therapeutic oral health care for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health care needs”.  A pediatric dentist completes, at a minimum, 24 months of advanced training after completion of attaining a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree.  During residency, the dentist becomes trained and experienced in specialized dental skills and behavior management techniques unique for treating the pediatric and special needs patient.

What Board-Certified means

A Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist completes four years of undergraduate education, four years of dental school and, at minimum, two years of residency.  At the end of residency, the pediatric dentist is given the opportunity to become board-certified.  The dentist must pass a rigorous written and oral examination covering all material from dental school and residency.  With completion and passing of the series of examinations, the candidate is recognized as a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.  To uphold one’s diplomacy, the pediatric dentist must complete extensive yearly continuing education in the field of expertise. 

Trouble Breastfeeding?
“Tongue-Tied, Lip-Tied” Frenectomy

In a growing percentage of infants/children, a tongue-tie or lip-tie can occur.  After thorough evaluation, at any age, including infants who are only a few days old, Dr. Clark may then recommend a frenectomy to treat the underlying complication. A frenectomy is a quick procedure, but can release the tissue and help free the area for movement, assisting in improved feeding/GI issues, speech development, and orthodontic/orthognathic development. 

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