What is a Pediatric Dentist

Child at a dentist appointment.

Dentistry for Kids in East Lansing, MI

We believe that a life with an amazing smile starts at a young age. Caring for children’s teeth is a specialized practice, and Dr. Myers has years of experience in pediatric dentistry. Between this and our commitment to our patients, you know you’re getting the best care possible in East Lansing, MI and surrounding areas. Learn all about the advantages of taking your child to a pediatric dentist and see what sets our practice apart from the rest.

Pediatric Dentists are Highly Specialized

Pediatric dentistry is a highly specialized practice where the dentist has specific training on how to care for children’s teeth. Like a pediatrician for general healthcare, pediatric dentists are equipped to provide a wide range of dental treatments from infancy through the teenage years. A pediatric dentist knows more about how to care for baby teeth than a normal dentist, and Dr. Myers has years of doing just that.

Our experienced East Lansing dentist is a board certified pediatric dentist with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). To achieve this status, you must undergo two additional years of specialized training beyond dental school. This additional education teaches the dentist how to provide children with the specific dental treatment that kids need. Children and youths of all different ages require different approaches when guiding their dental growth and development, and a pediatric dentist knows all of those ins and outs.

Every member of our team loves working with children, and we make it our priority to create a happy environment for every child that walks through our door. We also know that going to the dentist can often be a stressful experience for children, so the office of Dr. Jacob Myers provides a warm and nurturing environment that puts children at ease. Because of this, we encourage parents and caregivers to take their children to a pediatric dentist from an early age to establish a “dental home” where their kids feel comfortable and safe. This can go far in helping children look forward to their dental appointments while ensuring that they maintain healthy smiles that can last a lifetime.

Areas of Pediatric Dentistry

The various areas of pediatric dentistry include:

General Dentistry

  • Routine cleanings
  • Oral examinations
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Extractions
  • Dental injuries
  • Working with anxious/fearful children


  • Early detection
  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride treatments


  • Brushing and flossing techniques
  • Importance of a balanced diet
  • Behavior management (thumb sucking and pacifiers)

Contact Your East Lansing Pediatric Dentist

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is always available to speak with you so please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns. If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child, please complete the Appointment Request form. One of our friendly team members will then contact you to set up an appointment time. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon and welcoming you to our practice!