Pediatric Dentists

Pediatric, or pedodonic dentistry, is a dental specialty that focuses on the oral health and maintenance of young patients, age one to adolescence. Pediatric dentists help prevent and treat caries (cavities) and other oral disease; promote good oral health; and educate young patients and their families of the importance of good oral habits. Pediatric dentists also treat children with special needs. Pediatric dentists work in private offices, clinics, and hospitals. Approximately 112,300 dentists are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Prevent and treat cavities and other oral disease in children; promote good oral health; teach young patients and their families about good oral habits; perform extractions of baby teeth that are fused to the bone
Salary Range $75,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but best in urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Owner, Pediatric Dentistry Practice
  • Pediatric Dentist
  • Pediatric Dentistry Resident

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