In the United States dentists require an additional 2-3 years of training after completing their DDS/DMD degree to become a Pediatric Dentist. After completion of the program dentists will be eligible for board certification by the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (APBD). One of the main components of Pediatric Dentistry training is child psychology.
Pediatric Dentistry focuses on the growth development, and disease prevention. Pediatric dentistry focuses on prevention of tooth decay. Pediatric dentists also focus on the maintenance of primary teeth (baby teeth) until they are lost. Pediatric Dentists perform sealant operations frequently. Pediatric Dentists also focus on educating children about the importance of proper oral health. Many Pediatric Dentists work in a small practice with a small staff working 4-5 days a week around 32-40 hours a week.
Much of this information was adapted from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.