What is a Pediatric Dentist

Child at a dentist appointment.

What Is Pediatric Dentistry

Dentistry For Kids In East Lansing, MI

At the practice of Dr. Jacob Myers, our entire team wants all our young patients to achieve and maintain beautiful and healthy smiles. At our East Lansing pediatric dentistry office, our doctors provide the highest standard of dental care in a safe and compassionate environment. We believe in the importance of patient education and work with each child individually to ensure they understand how to practice good oral hygiene at home.

Pediatric Dentists are Specially Trained to Provide Dental Care to Children

Just as many families with young children see pediatricians to provide their kids with the healthcare they need, many parents take their children to pediatric dentists who are specially trained to provide children with the dental care they need.

Pediatric dentistry is a dental specialty that is recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). A pediatric dentist is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. A pediatric dentist provides a wide range of dental treatments to his or her patients while putting an early emphasis on patient education. These duties include not only educating the patients themselves, but also their parents or caregivers on the best ways to maintain proper oral health. The goal is to help establish healthy habits that children will practice throughout their youth and beyond.

A pediatric dentist has undergone two additional years of specialized training beyond dental school. This additional training teaches the dentist how to provide children with the specialized dental treatment kids need. Children of different ages all require different approaches when guiding their dental growth & development, dealing with their behavior and helping them avoid dental problems later in life. A pediatric dentist is qualified to meet all these needs.

At our East Lansing pediatric dentistry office, we've created a welcoming, safe and relaxed environment where we provide exceptional dental care to children from infancy through the teenage years including children with special needs. Our experienced & caring doctors are board-certified pediatric dentists with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).

Every member of our team loves working with children and we're focused on kids' dental health which can have an impact on their overall health. We encourage parents and caregivers to take their children to a pediatric dentist at 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 helping to ensure they can maintain healthy and attractive smiles that can last a lifetime.

Areas Of Pediatric Dentistry

The key 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 Dentists

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!