San Diego, CA – When looking for a dentist for your child, it’s important to seek out a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists have the specialized knowledge and training needed for treating children. But a certified pediatric dentist has gone even further to display the very best in dentistry.
“Pediatric dentists are set apart from regular dentists in that, to be called a pediatric specialist, a dentist has to complete additional training after graduating dental school,” says Dr. Santiago Surillo, who is both a board-certified pediatric dentist and orthodontist. “And to become board certified, we take it another step by going through a rigorous series of exams to show our competency and skill in pediatric dentistry.”
Board certification shows a commitment to excellence. And a board-certified pediatric dentist demonstrates that he or she is dedicated to maintaining the oral health of children from infancy through their teenage years. This includes knowing and understanding how to treat children of all ages and developmental abilities and taking special care to understand the special needs of this population of patients.
Only dentists that have completed their residencies in pediatric dentistry can sit for the board certification examinations of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. These exams test the knowledge and skill of a pediatric dentist, and ensures that the dentists are committed to standards of excellence. This then ensures the highest quality of care for their patients. To really understand the extent of pediatric dentistry, our friends at Polkadot Pediatric Dentistry have compiled one of the more complete guides to understanding pediatric dentistry as a parent.
“The certification provided by the ABPD lets the public know that a pediatric dentist has voluntarily completed the examination process,” says Dr. Surillo. “And once passed, it signifies that we have the expertise and skill to provide the highest level of care.”
Choosing the right dentist for your child can be a big decision. You want your child to receive the best care possible, and when you seek out a certified pediatric dentist, you can rest easy knowing that your child is in the hands of someone who is fully committed to standards of excellence.
To learn more about Dr. Surillo, or to schedule a consultation, call 619-461-6166.