Pediatric dentists are trained to create a positive experience for children at the dentist.
Dr. Ryan completed a three year specialty residency in Pediatric Dentistry at UCSF after dental school at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco.
The Pediatric Dental residency focuses on the special care of children from infancy through adolescence. Residents learn about the complex process of a growing, changing and developing mouth, face, head and neck. The residency also teaches how the growing body’s health relates to the oral health of the developing child. During these advanced studies pediatric dentists learn how to calm an anxious young patient and how to use equipment specially designed for children.
Pediatric dentists specialize in the care of infants, children and teenagers as well as those with special health care needs. Preventive dental care for the infant begins as early as six months, or with the appearance of the first tooth. A pediatric dentist understands the growth and development of a mouth, the exchange of the teeth and the guidance occasionally needed to create a solid bite and beautiful smile.
Pediatric dental offices function, look, and feel different from general dentist offices. It is all part of helping a child and family build a positive attitude about the dentist as a partner in creating good health. We also focus on helping the child understand the importance and simplicity of good oral health habits that will create strong beautiful teeth to last a lifetime.
Infants and toddlers are not immune to dental health problems. The 2000, “Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General” found that dental caries (tooth decay) is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease – five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever. It has become an alarming and growing problem in children aged 2 to 5 years old. This is why we stress the importance of establishing a dental home for your child when they get their first tooth, and learning simple preventive measures for your child at home.
We highly encourage you seek the care of a pediatric dentist for your children. If you choose our office, we look forward to a happy and rewarding relationship with your family.